Sammy Ameobi is set to finalise a move today and could even play for his new club tonight.
On 1 July 2017, a 25 year old Sammy Ameobi became a free agent and Bolton Wanderers are shortly going to unveil him as one of their big signings to help deal with promotion to the Championship.
Bolton boss Phil Parkinson says that ‘Sammy Ameobi has got the ability to open doors for us’.
A successful loan period in the opening half of last season saw the then Newcastle player wow both management and fans at Bolton, with them all desperate to keep him (see below) for the whole of last season.
However, with Rafa Benitez being undermined by Mike Ashley with no signings allowed in January, the Newcastle manager said he had to keep Sammy Ameobi around as insurance against injuries. In the event, Sammy ended up playing 57 Championship minutes as a sub in four brief appearances.
Bolton play Dundee tonight as Newcastle take on Hearts and Phil Parkinson hopes to have Sammy Ameobi playing.
Phil Parkinson talking to the Bolton News:
“Sammy Ameobi has got that ability to open doors for us.
We enjoyed working with him before on loan, he has got a good attitude, and he showed last time he wants to improve.
“We’re hoping to wrap it all up now sooner rather than later.
“Premier League club have got big squads, so they use them. It’s part and parcel of football.
“We know we have got lots of work to do on recruitment and slowly but surely we’re piece the jigsaw together.
“Character is vital in the dressing room, on the training pitch, out there on a Saturday afternoon, and we have been searching for players we think will be good role models for us and leaders.
“We have got a big challenge in the Championship this season so we need people who will dig in and help the cause for Bolton Wanderers.”
13 December 2016:
Phil Parkinson 13 December 2016:
“We obviously want to keep Sammy Ameobi around, he’s been immense for us.
“Sammy needed playing time. He’s developing as a player like the team is. We are pleased with him.
“He’s enjoying it here so obviously we’d like to keep him.
“You learn things when you’re playing games, he’s getting better and is a very likeable lad.”