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Pardew Says He’s Waiting For Sammy Ameobi To Show His ‘Unbelievable Talent’

6 years ago

Last week a wrote a little piece on Sammy Ameobi, prompted by a headline I’d seen in a local paper.

That headline read ‘Sammy Ameobi’s Ready To Take First Team Chance’! and I said how those [intlink id=”47586″ type=”post”]words would strike fear into the hearts of any Newcastle fans[/intlink].

I personally just can’t see it and his contract runs out next June, by then he will be twenty three years old and to date, Sammy has started SIX Premier League matches.

By comparison, Shola (when we had a ten times better team/squad than now) had racked up nearly 130 appearances by the end of the season 2003/04 during which he turned twenty three (including 9 goals in European competition, including away against Barcelona and Leverkusen (2) in the Champions League).

This is what Sammy had to say last week;

“I had a slow start in pre-season, I had a few injuries, I had to work at it…I’m just waiting for my opportunity now.

“I just need to keep fit and ticking over – I am ready to kick on.”

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Now Alan Pardew has added his bit;

“Sammy is a player who has unbelievable talent and we have been waiting and waiting for him to deliver something on the football pitch.

“I warned him last week that I am running out of time with him and he is running out of chances.

“Against Hull, he came on and changed the game a little bit, running up the pitch and taking players on.

“That is what we want from him but then he concedes a free kick and we could lose the game. These are the things you have to learn even in a pressure situation like Saturday.”

You always hope that players can come good but when you are approaching 23 and have shown basically nothing, it is a very big leap of faith. Tomorrow night at Crystal Palace is a match that Ameobi should be grabbing if he has real desire to  make it.

Sadly I think most of us have had to accept that Pardew is reduced to talking about the likes of Obertan and Ameobi because of just how weak the squad is, rather than the manager having any real faith in them turning it around – the fact that Pardew has only given Sammy 6 Premier League starts in nearly four years tells you all you need to know about his opinion of the player

They are surely two players that United would have been more than happy to let go in the summer but as Alan Pardew claimed pre-transfer deadline, the squad was ‘full’ (as Mike Ashley no doubt sees it) and so no room for new players.

That is why this season we are still going to be ‘relying’ on the likes of Sammy Ameobi and Gabriel Obertan to play a part.


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