Sammy Ameobi might not be making the starting eleven for Cardiff City but manager Russell Slade claims that he has a future at the ‘top level’.

The Newcastle loan player has proved a key player as Cardiff have risen from nowhere to be second in the Championship table.

The last three matches he has made an impact as a substitute as the Welsh side have picked up three wins on the bounce.

Each time he has replaced former Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones and when that happened today it was with the match goalless against Huddersfield.

There was booing from Cardiff fans but reportedly it was hard to tell what they were booing, whether it was Jones’ removal, Ameobi coming on, or whether somebody else should have been taken off.

Having scored against Wolves as a replacement for Jones previously, this time Sammy Ameobi turned the game with two assists to help Cardiff to a 2-0 win over Huddersfield.

After the match, Russell Slade was big in his praise for Sammy Ameobi, despite still not seeing him as a first team player:

“Sammy’s impact was excellent and he is getting stronger, fitter and had a hand in goals.

“He has a future at Newcastle and the top level.”

He sees a pass:

“Kenwyne had done his job, but we needed to change the dynamics, Sammy brings something different to the table.

“He has ability, pace, very good feet, he’s a good footballer and he sees things, sees a pass. I am delighted with what he is doing.”

More to come:

“Sammy is a good lad and he has fitted in. He wants to do well for our football club and I believe there is more to come from him, I really do.

“There are goals in him and we saw that when he scored against Wolves.”