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.