Bit of a strange one this, John Carver has been back at Newcastle United for over four years and says he didn’t know Sammy Ameobi could take free-kicks or corners!

The Newcastle Head Coach said that in the build up to the Aston Villa match he was stuck for somebody to take them until one of the club scouts, Brian Clark, told him that Ameobi could do it.

When the Newcastle winger was a kid, Brian Clark was involved at Walker Central Boys Club and Sammy Ameobi would take set-pieces back then.

Carver claims that the free-kicks and corners were much better against Villa and maybe they were a little bit, though it undoubtedly helped that the Villa defence were so woeful, such as when Riviere had a free header ten yards out from an Ameobi corner.

It is laughable though John Carver coming out with this, he was the first team coach under Pardew and now the Head Coach, in four years did nobody ever have the brainwave of trying out the wingers on corners and free-kicks???

For years we wonder why Newcastle have been so terrible on set-pieces, especially corners, maybe we are now getting the odd clue…

Surely every winger and forward attacking player should be capable of taking a half decent corner or free-kick. Deadball kicks are something that can be improved simply by hours and hours of repetitive practice, it should be impossible not to get better at them, unless of course you never ever practice them.

John Carver interviewed on the official club website:

“Set-pieces definitely better, I have to give credit to Brian Clark, one of our chief scouts.

“He said to me, Sammy Ameobi can take corners and free-kicks, so there wasn’t anybody else in the team that can do it.”

Sunday morning football:

“So he got the shout, until of course Ryan Taylor got on the pitch.

“He (Brian Clark) knows Sammy very well from being a youngster (at Walker Central Boys Club), obviously seen him do it on many occasions on a Sunday morning for the boys club, so thanks Brian.”

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