Receiving a standing ovation yesterday afternoon, Newcastle loan star Sammy Ameobi has been described as ‘unplayable’.
Bolton assistant manager, Steve Parkin, says that the United winger needed two things.
The first was to get a run of games somewhere, with the second being to do the work in training that meant Sammy Ameobi could do himself justice.
Used mainly as a sub previously this season, Shola’s younger brother has now started the last four League One matches and has been outstanding.
On Saturday, the on-loan player caused havoc as Bolton raced into a three goal lead in the opening 16 minutes against Port Vale, who had former Newcastle players Remie Streete and Jak Alnwick playing.
Bolton won 3-1 in the end and have won all four matches in this run of starts Sammy Ameobi is getting at last, pushing them up to second place in the table.
Steve Parkin says that Ameobi had to get his fitness up to a level where he could at least play 70-80 minutes and whilst the Newcastle loan player has now managed that, he still struggles to see out full games and has only done that once in League One this season.
Despite this, Parkin says that when he is on the pitch, the winger is undoubtedly a talent and ‘very difficult to mark’.
Whilst it is a big leap to think that Sammy Ameobi will still be on Newcastle books next season, turning 25 in May he needs to keep this form and fitness up, so that he can get a new club when his NUFC deal runs out in June 2017.
Good luck to him and he might have just realised what is needed if he is to make a career at a decent level – for so long the term ‘unplayable’ when applied to Sammy Ameobi, would have indicated that he wasn’t worth a game under any circumstances.
“Sammy Ameobi was unplayable at times, he is a talent, there is no doubt about it.
“He needed a run in a team, to be given a chance – we have done that for him.
“We have reiterated to him just how important it is to work on his fitness, so he can play full games or certainly seventy or eighty minutes.
“He has done that and his stats in training are very good.
“As you have seen there, he is a very talented lad.
“His touch is superb and he must be very difficult to mark.”