After his goal-scoring exploits against a luckless Hull City side this weekend, Sammy Ameobi may have just found himself a permanent place within Newcastle United’s folklore.
The brother of former Tyneside ‘legend’ Shola Ameobi purposefully took the ball on the edge of the Tigers’ box, made use of the space given to him by Hull’s seemingly unconcerned defence, and sent a rocket of a shot straight into the back of Allan McGregor’s net.
It was simply a great goal that many thought the England U21 international previously wasn’t capable of. Newcastle United fans may well now look to Ameobi as the potential provider for similar feats in the future however.
Now that the 22-year-old attacker seemingly has the attention of the Premier League after his fine finish on the weekend, does Sammy Ameobi have what it takes to really solidify himself within this current Newcastle set-up, or will this fine goal already be the pinnacle of what could be no more than a flash-in-the-pan career?
Whilst the wide-man’s time with the Magpies has so far been pretty uneventful on the whole, as the brother of Tyneside favourite in Shola, a loyal striker who amassed over 300 appearances for Newcastle, Sammy has had that bit more time and flexibility to work with over his counterparts in a similar position.
The Newcastle no.28 has made it through the ranks at St. James’ as a completely different player to his older brother, however. Sammy may be of a similar height to Shola, but his lean build and quick feet make him a different prospect all together. Although the execution of his play has often left a lot to be desired, the latest Ameobi has built his game around daring flair and quick pace on the break. The exciting attacking midfielder loves to take on defenders, put his skills on show, and simply hope for the best.
As Shola Ameobi had several key flaws to his game however, it comes as no surprise that Sammy’s style isn’t short of a few problems either. Yes, the 22-year-old loves to challenge the opposition with all manner of skills, flicks and deft passes, but the ultimate result of Ameobi’s choices often involve giving possession away, missing an easy pass, or simply sending the ball out of play when it should have been kept on. Sammy is just as likely to skill himself up as he is to beat the opposition, and as such unreliability hardly has a place within any Premier League side, should Newcastle really see him as a long-term prospect?
Perhaps that remains in question for now, but after a few seasons of top-flight experience under young Sammy Ameobi’s belt, such problems may well be ironed out, leaving only skill and confidence in their place. Newcastle are a side who have unfortunately seen their better stars move on in recent years, so in order to maintain a degree of loyalty between the club and its players, perhaps the Ameobi legacy really should continue down at St. James’.
If more goals like his one against Hull are on the cards however, Sammy Ameobi might just become a deserving all-time cult figure with the Magpies for many seasons to come.