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Sammy Ameobi ‘I’ve Been Practising Crossing In Training and It Seems To Be Paying Off’

6 years ago

I always find Sammy Ameobi a bit of an amusing character.

Whenever anybody bumps into him they always seem to say the same thing, what a canny lad he is and so on.

What we are concerned about though is what he does, or doesn’t, do for Newcastle United.

in that respect I think that he hasn’t been helped by being the brother of ‘cult hero’ to many, older brother Shola.

I think that has given him a bit of a sheltered/protected life inside St.James’ Park, whereas a more hands on approach from coaches might have produced a better outcome for player and club,

When he makes these kind of comments below to the Shields Gazette, I really scratch my head as to how he can’t see how many fans will find what he says quite unbelievable when it comes to what happens on the training ground.

Playing for a new contract;

“I’m in the last year of my contract, and I’m playing for my living, I have started to concentrate and focus a lot more.

“Hopefully I can continue to play games and earn myself a contract, whether it be here or somewhere else.”

Fightback against Swansea;

“It’s never easy to go 1-0 and 2-1 down against a team of that quality, we had some great graft and we are happy with the point.

“I just got on the end of a through pass and managed to get my toe to it before the defender came through.

Practising crosses in training;

“I’ve been practising crossing in training and it seems to be paying off.

“I will keep on doing that and hopefully get better.”

Can you believe it? What on earth happens on the training ground under Alan Pardew?

No wonder we struggle to even score from corners and set-pieces. Sammy makes crossing the ball sound like a state of the art invention that Messi/Ronaldo has just brought to the footballing World, a bit like the Cruyff turn in the seventies.

If we take Sammy’s comments at face value then we can safely assume that ‘crossing the ball’ is something that isn’t on the regular agenda for wingers, or indeed anybody else, at Benton. The fact he makes a a point of saying he’s going to ‘keep on’ practising his crossing, apparently confirming that this is a major departure from what he and the rest usually do.

If this crossing the ball lark is going to belatedly take off for Alan Pardew and his coaching team, maybe they can introduce other radical ideas and drills, such as;

‘Kick the ball towards that net thing’


When an opposition player runs towards our goal, try and stop him’!


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