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It’s Still The Last Chance Saloon For This Newcastle Player

We just watched Sammy Ameobi’s interviewed after the game on nufcTV and the local lad comes across – well like a local lad – and he was delighted to get on against for the Newcastle first team yesterday and he got a great ovation from the crowd – that was really great to see.

You can say what you like about Sammy’s abilities and consistency, but he’s just a smashing lad who bleeds back and white blood.

Sammy seems to have matured a lot and he was so humble in his interview and says he will not take anything for granted in what is likely to be his final season at his home some town club.

The odds are that he will be released in the summer when his contract runs out.

Sammy Ameobi – back from loan deal at Bolton

But Sammy really enjoyed it yesterday and Rafa has seen the quality this lad has always had as the manager said this about him after the 4-0 win against the Millers yesterday:

“He did well, the fans were happy with him.”

“He started the game really well. We know he has quality and he has to show this on the pitch.

“He is training really well and I am pleased for him. We knew we needed a player like him who can bring quality in the wider area and he showed some of that against Rotherham.”

“He did that today.”

If there is a manager in football who can bring the best out of Sammy Ameobi it’s Rafa Benitez and we’ll see Sammy again and he could even start the game at Oxford United in the FA Cup 4th round tie next Saturday.

It was also good to see young Jamie Sterry get on near the end and along with regular left-back Paul Dummett we saw three Academy graduates on the field for Newcastle at the end of the game.

That’s always good and another indication of how Rafa is willing to give the Newcastle youngsters their chance if they train hard and give everything in the games.

Maybe that’s another message Rafa is sending to owner Mike Ashley, who must have been pleased with both the performance and the result yesterday that took us 9 points clear of 3rd placed Huddersfield Town.

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94 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    ‘The fans were happy with him..’
    Too right. Tremendous craic at the game..
    ‘..you put your left leg in…’

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think he pulled up trees yesterday against arguably league one opposition who were already well beaten, this is a guy reaching his prime, a point to prove and tye crowd in full support. I will be very disappointed if he’s here next year.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s cup tied as is Sterry. Don’t know why they let loanees play in the cup.


    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    we’ll see Sammy again and he could even start the game at Oxford United in the FA Cup 4th round tie next Saturday.
    isn’t he cup tied?

  • toontaff2

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Sure Sammy’s cup-tied!
    Cannot beat a bit of oooooooooooh, SAmmy Ame-obi, left leg in……………..

  • toontaff2

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Beaten to it – Too busy doing the Ame Ame -Obi!

  • Jammydodger

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail how could you be disappointed if hes here next year? For me Id rather the club was paying his wages (which will be comparatively low) and for him to be a back up squad player, Hes not terrible and loves the club, rather him than have another over hyped journeyman (cabella/ thauvin esq) brought in to fill a gap.

  • toontaff2

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Every time Gollum appears on TV he looks more boggle-eyed

  • beddersmag

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Dont be dissapointed jail. It hes here next year he will surely have improved and earned a contract. Im more optomistic about him. He has great pace, skill, stength and height. Its only been is application/confidence/decision making that have let him down. I think rafa could help and obviously he can see some potential there.

  • toontaff2

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Maybe Sammy and Mitro could be cheerleaders for us in the PL?

  • Jib

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Lee Ryder

    Rafa Benitez believes Sammy Ameobi has ‘quality’ and can do a job for Newcastle United

  • Legolas

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #12

    I don’t understand how there isn’t a clause in a loan players contract to stop them playing in a cup game. Stupid really considering they are back playing for us again.

  • hibbit

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #13

    sammy’s cup tied because he wasn’t supposed to come back !!

    lovely lad just not good enough

  • Jammydodger

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #14

    Also yesterday the cross Ameobi put in to Ritchie was mint. He ran well with the ball and compared to Perez who falls over everytime a defender breathes on him, Ameobi was holding the ball up and had the strength to hold off defenders well throughout. Talking of Perez he needs to learn when to pass the ball, more than twice yesterday a simple lay off or a cross would have lead to a great opportunity but he went alone and buggered it up

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Aye he showed a couple of flashes but if we can’t do better than him when back in the PL then I’ll be disappointed, it is not a coincidence that Boro didn’t want, he warmed Cardiffs bench and then came good in league one.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #16

    but has sammy ever had a manager like rafa coaching him before. look at the goof, scoring worldies now.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #17

    We’re playing a lower level of football, he had Karanka coaching him who thought he was shite.

  • toontaff2

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail, make sure you add my 5 points the the bingo scores! Am making a late burst, coming up on the rails! Even got 9/11 on Wednesday, picking all 3 debutants!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Here goes my thoughts on today

    Poor first half showing yet created decent chances and got a break when it looked like from the Gallowgate that Darlow was lucky he didn’t concede a penalty.
    Gallowgate End was getting frustrated with our slow play and lack of movement and pace – Got to try and be more patient

    Back to the usual defensive set up and back to the slow build up. Rest of team relied on Shelvey to much who was man marked .

    First goal a touch of class from Shelvey’s free kick Yedlin’s cross and Murphy’s control and shot.

    From then on only going to be one winner

    My MOM today – Hayden who showed defended well and always wanted the ball and linked up play.

    Darlow 6 Apart from his moment of madness steady as usual but has got to be quicker on his decision making when he has the ball – to many times today players were in great positions to receive pass throw out but dallied on the ball

    Yedlin 7 best of our defenders great going forward with his speed created two of our goals from his pace and great block/tackle after Darlows hick.

    Clark 6 steady as usual this season got in a couple of excellent tackles but slow on his decision making with passes.

    Lascalles 5 thought he was poor had acres of space to day to carry the ball forward but always wants to pass sideways or backwards which left Shelvey coming far to deep to collect the ball (except for one excellent pass over the top which led to our third goal)

    Dummett 6 Did well actually had a decent game going forward put in a couple of decent crosses

    Ritchie 7 continued from Wednesday night – all action covered every blade of grass and on hand in the right position to tuck away two goals

    Shelvey 6 – didn’t have chance to shine today until last twenty minutes – man marked for most of game – great awareness and pass from free kick for first goal.
    Played like a third centre half for most of the first half

    Goufran 6 – not as effective playing out wide as he was on Wednesday – still did OK and his saved shot led to second goal

    Hayden 8 – My man of the match – had a very good game whether defending breaking up play and linking up midfield with attack especially when Shelvey was playing deep first half

    Murphy 7 Great first goal and led the line well showed how to control the ball hold up and bring other players into the game

    Perez 7 Played OK but frustrating got into some great positions but final pass or decision poor

    Sterry 5 did what he had to do
    Sammi 7 – was it a taller Atsu or a shorter Sammi runs plays the same way as Atsu but did well and brought the crowd to life – put in a couple of great crosses.
    Lazaar 5 did well going forward but tackling not his strong point

    further point on sammi – he excites the crowd in a strange way can be the most frustrating player to watch – I imagine play with to can be brilliant one moment – then totally useless the next – yet take yesterday as soon as he came on the volume was turned up and the loudest song was the sammi left leg in oot – – bit like his play
    Same goes with Mitro he excites the crowd and gets them going without being brilliant

    Need players like that – lift crowd because St. James’ can be very quite

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m going to have to trawl through them this afternoon, thank gawd my team never came in, everyone just about had it, it would have took me all day to add everyone to the list.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 22, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Sammy scores, run on the pitch
    Sammy scores, run on the pitch

    Lmao class

  • toontaff2

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #22

    I went for Hayden as MoM.
    Good that there were a few contenders.
    Sammy needs to be on the bench regularly and thrown on to get the crowd going!

  • lochinvar

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #23

    Part of the love fest for Sammy is the memories of Shola against the Mackems and others.

    We have an inordinate ability to look after our own and the chants and craic around Sammy’s return to the fold reflect that.

    Ultimately his place in or around the team depends on him really showing that he has the ability , know how and physical attributes to contribute to our success.
    It’s up to him to show that he can now , finally deliver.

  • hibbit

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #24

    Rotonda heights
    the kids just not good enough
    the odd flash in the pan but sorry to say he will never be a prem player nice lad but thats it

  • toontaff2

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #25

    Yes, Jail, fancy Ginger Jack putting a spanner in the works!
    Mate in the Leazes was slating him in a recent game and got into a debate. Turned out it was Jack’s dad!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #26

    Rotherham fans hats off to them bottom of the league – took there full quota and were brilliant – best away support this year – well done

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #27


    Agree with you on that. Rotherham fans were in full voice. Fair play and hope they stay up

  • hibbit

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #28

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    got to agree on the Rotherham fans gave 100% for there team and never shut up
    it’s folk like that who make the game
    i wish them well


    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #29

    Sammy or Gouffran? I’d pick the local lad

  • posada

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #30

    Jammy dodger has summed up Perez very well.

    On Ameobi. Met someone who knows him. Says he is a lovely lad.
    Probably true. He needs to be less of a lovely lad and more of a mean bad tempered so and so when he plays football.

    Get rid of the daft hair cut and self obsessions that go with being a lad and be more of a man.

  • Goromagpie

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #31

    Guys any links where I can watch this match

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #32


    Jib is the man for a link to watch the match mate. Think he was watching it earlier

  • expatmag

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #33

    Yeah. Townsend can rot at Palace. Sammi will do for me this season

  • posada

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #34

    Watch our fourth goal yesterday.
    Shelvey has the ball.
    Compare Ritchies re action to Ameobi. One determined he will get there and score the other kind of just interested.
    I do appreciate Ritchie was in the more advanced better position but even so.
    Despite that I thought Sammy did well when he came on and I enjoyed seeing him back playing for us.

  • hibbit

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #35

    WWSBRD why ??
    Gouffran has been well worth the shirt this season including 5 goals whats sammy ever done !!

  • Jammydodger

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #36

    True we should have better than Sammi in a prem starting 11 but he is a cheap backup option who as Charlie said can really lift a crowd, he wont have high wages and hes home grown.

    We only currently have Ritchie, Gouffy, Atsu and sammi as senior team wingers, A small contract for Sammi woudlnt break the bank and can only give depth to an area we are lacking. Any new winger we bring in could take time to adjust if hes from outside the prem or could be a total flop like cabella and thauvin, in which case we would be still short of players on the wings.

    Also Lazaar is not a winger . . . nor is he a lb, between him and sammi who came on yesterday the supposedly premiership class player did nothing and the apparently league one player showed some good moments and would have had an assist if Ritchie had connected.


    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #37

    Sammy never gave up on NUFC career and I doubt Sammy would offer any less than him plus he’s younger and cheaper

  • expatmag

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #38

    Look at it this way

    If we dont sign anyone this window, then the 13 million CP want for Townsend plus the 10 million already agreed with Marseille for Thauvin puts us in a good starting position to recruit better players for when we get back in the PL at more reasonable prices.

  • nut meg

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #39

    Did anyone at the match have a clear view of the penalty appeal that we had in the 2nd minute of the first half ? Surprised it hasn’t been mentioned.

  • expatmag

    Jan 22, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #40


    Remember the equaliser at WHL after 5 seconds in the second half in a game we ultimately won


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