Cardiff Manager Russell Slade was put on the spot yesterday, when asked to sum up the contribution of Sammy Ameobi this season.

A full season on loan in Wales, has seen Shola’s younger brother start only eight of the 43 Championship games so far.

With only one goal all season and little to show for their faith in the Newcastle player, it can’t have been easy for Russell Slade to answer the question.

In the end, he came up with ‘enigma’ to describe Sammy Ameobi.

The Cardiff boss saying that the player ‘has fantastic ability’ on the training pitch but has problems when it comes to proper matches.

Clearly Slade has been less than impressed when despite Cardiff’s faltering promotion push he hasn’t given Sammy Ameobi a single start in the last 10 weeks.

A few minutes at the end of matches is all that Cardiff have trusted the player with week in week out.

Now of course Newcastle fans can look forward to the return of the ‘enigma’ and the worry must be that if things go really wrong, United will be relegated AND we will end up watching Sammy Ameobi once again in a black and white shirt.

Amongst the many shocking decisions that have brought Newcastle to the brink of disaster once again, giving contracts to players such as Coloccini and Sammy Ameobi has been a contibutory factor.

Russell Slade on Sammy Ameobi:

“An enigma is probably the best way to describe him.

“Sammy has fantastic ability, we watch him in training every day, but not always has he transferred that to the pitch.

“Occasionally he has, and you think, wow, why’s he not in the side, then within a week he goes out and performs and everyone says, that’s why he’s not in the side.

“It’s about consistency with Sammy. He has the ability.”