Sunday 26th October 2014. Newcastle are away to Tottenham in the Premier League. It’s half time and Newcastle are 1-0 down to an 18th minute goal from Adebayor.
I don’t think anyone expected what was to happen within the first 10 seconds from kick off. A long ball forward from Jack Colback and a fine strike from Sammy Ameobi put Newcastle back level! We then went on to win the game 2-1 from Ayoze Perez with his first goal for the club.
This is what Ameobi is probably most famous for (apart from being Shola’s brother) to most, if not all, Newcastle fans. But the question is – where has Sammy gone now?
At the start of last season we saw him sign a new contract with us then loaned straight back out to Cardiff City for the season. It is fair to say this loan spell came with a mixed result as he managed to get 39 appearances in all competitions for them, but with only 11 of them being starts and 1 goal to his name.
Ameobi is a Geordie through and through having been born in the Toon and joined Newcastle’s academy in 2008 when he left school.
He has had flutters of success in the first team, mainly the 2014/15 season, but this seemed to leave when Pardew did. It is looking like new boss Rafa has no plans for him in the future either as Ameobi was the only non-injured member of the squad not to travel to Ireland with the team for pre-season.
But will Rafa be missing a trick?
As I said before Sammy Ameobi is a Geordie and the passion has always showed when he has been playing with a ‘never give up’ run around attitude. He also has Championship experience with Cardiff last season and with Middlesbrough in the second half of the 2012/13 season where he had 9 appearances and again 1 goal to his name (ironically against Cardiff City). Now I do not for one moment think he should be in our starting line up over Matt Ritchie, Rolando Aarons, Ayoze Perez or even Florian Thauvin (who I believe we should keep and give another chance) but could he offer something with coming off the bench and giving us energy down the wing with some fresh pair of legs?!
I fear that if he is not included in the team in some way this season then it is the end of Ameobi’s Newcastle United career and I do think that it is obvious that Rafa’s plans will see him shipped out before the end of the Transfer Window. If/when Ameobi does go, I wish him all the best and it will be the end of an era for NUFC as we have had a Ameobi family member on the books for 21 years but it is feeling ever closer that it is time to end that tradition.