D.O.B: 1st May 1992 (now 19)
Birthplace: Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
Height: 6ft 3in
Younger brother of Newcastle’s very own Shola, Sammy Ameobi is one of the young stars who has recently came through the NUFC academy (guided by Peter Beardsley) into Alan Pardew’s prospective new look squad in preparation for the 2011/2012 season. It is fair to say with only 1 appearance in the first team Sammy is very unproven, but an impressive performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 15th May 2011 has really added a sense of trust between the fans and manager Alan Pardew, as it looks as he can handle the progression of players through youth development. Fans are now very keen to see more NUFC talent shine, from Sammy and other NUFC youngsters.
A substitute appearance doesn’t create a whole bio of strengths unfortunately. However in the Chelsea game, Sammy wasn’t afraid to show his pace and creative abilities on and off the ball. Another factor which can be taken from his youth appearances is his goal scoring accolade. Peter Beardsley has recently praised him for this. This kid has a lot to show, and I’m sure you are just as excited as I am to see his career progress.
I think it is fair to say the one weakness Sammy will hold, just as all debutants do. Is his lack of experience of the fast flowing premiership game. Gaining more appearances and match time will be a catalyst to his improvement, fact.
- Younger brother of NUFC fan favourite striker Shola.
- Sammy has another older brother being Tomi, who currently plays in the Icelandic League.
- Shola and Sammy became the first brothers to play for Newcastle in a league match since George Robledo and Ted Robledo in 1952.
- Ameobi opted to play for the Nigeria National Football Team and joined the Nigeria U-20 squad training in Turkey ahead of the African Youth Championships.
- He is taller than his older brother Shola who stands at 6ft 2in, Sammy at 6ft 3in.