Bolton Chairman Ken Anderson has published a statement on the club’s official website talking about a range of issues affecting the club, including the future of Sammy Ameobi.
From a Newcastle fan perspective, Anderson talks about it largely depending on whether ‘Newcastle do manage to bring in the players they are targeting’.
With Newcastle said to be in talks to bring back Andros Townsend, if he (or any other winger) was brought in then surely with Atsu, Ritchie and Gouffran also to call on, Sammy Ameobi would be allowed to go.
The Bolton Chairman also refers to an early return of Newcastle’s three players at the African Cup of Nations being a possible factor.
However, all three will be at least staying until the quarter-final stages, with Senegal, DR Congo and Ghana all having reached the last eight with each having one group game to spare.
The quarter-finals take place on the 28 and 29 January, so even if any were knocked out then, they will surely still miss the QPR Championship game, plus the Derby one of the Saturday could also be missed if they are allowed to stay until the end of the tournament and/or given any recovery time afterwards.
An added interesting detail, as Ken Anderson points out, is that Bolton are in a strong position because if Sammy Ameobi does end up surplus to requirements, he can only go to Bolton this month.
Just in case any of you were wondering, Ameobi’s substitute appearance once Newcastle were three up on Saturday, was immaterial as far as this aspect was concerned.
Before he went out on loan this season, Sammy Ameobi played for Newcastle reserves and this would have qualified him as having played for NUFC this season, just as it did with Hatem Ben Arfa when he couldn’t play until the following season (for Nice) after Hull discarded him.
Ken Anderson (Bolton Chairman):
“Sammy Ameobi came off the bench for Newcastle United on Saturday for the last 15 minutes.
“We haven’t given up hope of him coming back if Newcastle do manage to bring in the players they are targeting or their African Cup of Nations players return early.
“We are watching matters there carefully.
“One good thing from our point of view is that Sammy cannot play anywhere else this season now as he has figured for two clubs.”