Alan Pardew ‘Is Sammy Ameobi Good Enough?’
Alan Pardew has asked a question that many of us have asked for some time; ‘Is Sammy Ameobi good enough?’
The Newcastle manager was talking about starting to make plans for next season and speaking specifically about where his young players fit into plans going forward.
“I have to start planning for next year, is Sammy Ameobi going to be good enough?”
“Is Adam Armstrong going to feature next season, or do I loan him out?”
“I have got Remie Streete who’s doing particularly well in the development group – is he going to get a game? Does he need to go out on loan?”
“Massadio Haidara hasn’t had much action.
“All of these questions need to be answered in the next few weeks.”
I would love to see Haidara getting games and find it unbelievable he isn’t, he looks a class above Dummett.
However, the Sammy Ameobi comments really need to be taken to task.
With a small squad and injuries, Pardew has had every chance to give Sammy Ameobi chances this season, rather than only four Premier League starts. The fact he turns 22 before the end of the season and has played so little surely tells anybody that he is not good enough for the Premier League. It all sounds like the usual smokescreen of talking about these young players as though they will fill the massive gap left by Ashley’s lack of investment in players.
If there was any hope for Sammy Ameobi then surely with the squad we had at Fulham, he should arguably have started, never mind being left on the bench while Shola and even Marveaux are brought on – two players who clearly have absolutely no future at St.James’ Park.
Remie Streete is 20 later this year and been nowhere near the first team, despite the small squad and injuries. Elsewhere you have Southampton playing with two 18 year old full-backs for much of the season in Shaw and Chambers (just turned 19).
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