Monday has seen a rare sighting of Sammy Ameobi.
Shola’s younger brother was missing from the list of first team players to be giving squad numbers last week and he hadn’t figured in any action for first team or below since his loan spell at Cardiff.
Sammy Ameobi having a disastrous year in Wales where he made only eight Championship starts and none in the final three months of the season.
However, today saw the winger back in action, as Barnsley hosted a Newcastle second string team in a friendly.
Tom Heardman opened the scoring for Newcastle only a few minutes into the game and then Sean Longstaff made it two with 10 minutes remaining before half-time,
The lead was halved just before half-time via Barnsley forward Jacob Brown.
United made eight changes during the second-half and it was Sammy Ameobi who replaced Alex Gilliead early in the second-half.
A flowing move saw Luke Charman put United two goals ahead again, Ameobi playing his part in setting up the chance and subsequent goal.
Sammy went close to scoring himself but put his chance wide, before a last minute effort for Jacob Brown made it two goals for the home striker but not enough to prevent a 3-2 win for the visitors.
As for Sammy Ameobi, it is very hard to see him having any future at Newcastle. It was only the decision to give Coloccini an extended contract last summer that was more bizarre than whoever’s bright idea it was to give Sammy a new two year one when it looked like he was finally going to be released after showing so little in his time at the club.
If United can’t shift him, there will be plenty of Newcastle fans surprised to hear that ‘young’ Sammy will turn 25 in May before his NUFC contract is up.
Newcastle United having had an uninspiring policy of keeping young players who aren’t up to the grade at the club, for far longer than is good for either the player or NUFC.