There is little difference when you look at the two Amoebi’s. Both of them look the same, they both have the same gangly style and elastic legs. They even have the same initials if you go by Shola’s more widely used shorter version of his first name.
The similarities end there though.
It’s fair to say that Sammy and Shola are completely different players both in terms of style and ability and also in terms of them playing in different positions. Shola is of course a striker, loosely, whilst Sammy seems to be more of a winger. Shola can appear lazy, slow and disinterested at times whilst Sammy is full of running and has pace to burn. As you can see there are plenty of differences on the pitch which is essentially where it matters of course.
It’s early days for Sammy but he has definitely impressed in his limited appearances so far. It all started off at the tail end of last season when he impressed against Chelsea after coming on a sub, and to the younger Ameobi’s credit he has built on that and has nudged himself even closer to the first team with his recent showings.
The goal against Scunthorpe the other night was exceptional. He beat three men with pace, power and trickery before smashing a long rage drive into the back of the net. I can’t remember the last time I saw Shola do the same thing. It wasn’t the only highlight though as I remember another instance from that same game where Sammy had the ball and managed to come away from three tackles with it still glued to his feet.
If Sammy can keep his head level and keep on improving he will have a very very bright future ahead of him. This is where, love or hate him, Shola can come into his own and help out his brother.
In fairness to Shola he is about as level-headed as you will get, apart from when it comes to hats in all different sizes and different colours. Say what you want about him but few can match Shola’s professionalism. If he can get his younger brother to follow the same path then Sammy can go from strength to strength.
In fact there is already a sense of professionalism instilled in young Sammy. I remember at Leeds when the crowd were asking for a wave from Sammy only for the request to be ignored. He went on Twitter after the game and apologised to fans for not waving but insisted that he didn’t want the boss to think he was a big time Charlie. Nile Ranger take note.
Fair play to Sammy. He is forcing the issue himself through his performances on the field which absolutely the right way to go about things. Sure there are still some rough edges to his game, but I get the sense that he is willing to spend the hours working on them and improving. Isn’t that all we can ask for?
Keep it going Sammy!