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Sammy Ameobi v Tom Ince

8 years ago

For Newcastle United to progress (survive?) this season then we need a number of things to happen.

Our experienced established players must step up and find their form of two seasons ago but just as importantly, we need our fringe/squad players to step up when called upon.

Within that group we have our young talent but what is the reality?

For players to make it in the Premier League it is a massive ask, very few players come through at clubs now and you look at say Manchester United, they bring in the likes of Wilfried Zaha at a young age but in a big money deal. The same with Southampton repeatedly raided a number of times by Arsenal.

Can any of Newcastle’s younger players take the leap forward? I say leap forward because none of our homegrown players have shown anything that suggests it will happen. No doubt some of you will say what about that cross from Ferguson in that match, or Sammy Ameobi’s cracking goal two years ago against Scunthorpe.

The reality though is they haven’t shown what is needed, the odd glimpse isn’t enough, plus last season the younger players had plenty opportunities last season in the cups and didn’t take them.

Comparing Sammy Ameobi with Tom Ince tells me everything; Sammy had got onto the pitch 27 other times for Newcastle and not managed to add to that Scunthorpe cracker. He went on loan to Middlesbrough last season and scored one class goal but that was all in 9 appearances.

On the other hand, Tom Ince was tearing up the Championship and scored 18 times altogether last season, for a very average Blackpool side who incidentally finished on the same number of points as Boro.

I’m sorry but to stand any chance in the Premier League you need to look head and shoulders above the rest in the Championship and if in a forward position be scoring goals for fun like Ince has done, not one cracker as Sammy did.

The big problem is that Alan Pardew will be relying on some of these young players at some time this season because the absence of signings tells us that clearly.

Chucking players like these into crucial relegation matches as happened with Adam Campbell last season, is the worst possible scenario. You need to bring them along by giving them 10/20 minutes when the team are two or three up…unfortunately that is a distant dream at the minute.


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