While the main talking point in the Championship match between Newcastle United and Burton Albion at St James’ Park on Wednesday night was the performance of referee Keith Stroud, there was also a rare outing off the bench for Sammy Ameobi.
The 24-year-old made just his fourth appearance for the club this season – and his first since the start of February – as he replaced Christian Atsu late on in the Magpies 1-0 victory.
Having spent the 2015/16 season on loan at Cardiff City and the first half of this campaign with League One high-flyers Bolton Wanderers, the forward’s United career appeared to be over.
While that may still be the case, he will certainly be more optimistic of securing a future if he continues to get opportunities on the pitch.
Newcastle fans were quick to have their say on the appearance of Ameobi via social media, and their comments didn’t come without some criticism.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction to his performance…
@NUFC He's like a giraffe on ice but who cares lol
— Joshua Holdsworth ???? (@1YicsToxic1) April 5, 2017
@NUFC pitch invasion if he gets a hattrick
— JJ (@JJPeerks) April 5, 2017
@NUFC Should get at least 3 goals now ????
— Adam james Procter (@ProcterNUFC) April 5, 2017
@NUFC Sammy Sammy Sammy Sammy Sammy Ameobi
— FɪᴇʀᴄᴇBᴀssBᴏᴏsᴛ???????? (@FierceBassBoost) April 5, 2017
Sammy Ameobi jogged on late last night and within 30 seconds he was upside down, doing cartwheels on the edge of their area. Go on lad.
— NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) April 6, 2017
every season i hope it's the last we see of an ameobi…how much longer?
— Damo Beeeeeeeee (@dcb72) April 5, 2017
@lee_ryder Ameobi? It's suddenly 2012 again
— Andy Walker (@walker_ajw) April 5, 2017