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The proof of where Sammy Ameobi’s problems all started

6 years ago
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Saturday was a big day for Sammy Ameobi.

It was his first Premier League start of the season but that isn’t why it was particularly special.

That match against Liverpool was the first Premier League game Sammy Ameobi had ever started and went on to win.

To put it into perspective, by the same age Shola had played around 130 first team matches and scored 25 goals, including a number of Champions League performances with goals against the likes of Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen. That match against Liverpool was only Sammy Ameobi’s seventh Premier League match in the starting line-up.

In the last year of his contract at Newcastle, Sammy has had this to say;

“It is one thing being told you have all this talent but I am at an age when I have to produce it. I’m a grown man and it’s not about potential anymore, it’s about actually doing something.”

Now I really hope that he can follow through and show he has got what it takes to play for Newcastle. However, to me it is little wonder Sammy has overwhelmingly failed so far when he quite innocently refers to himself ‘being told you have all this talent…’.

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The hunger to succeed is missing for many younger players and no wonder when the likes of Sammy Ameobi has this floating around his head, the subconscious idea that he has some great ability when he has produced pretty much nothing to justify any such thing. When you add to that having tens of thousands of people following him on social media and also telling him how great he is, as they hope for a reaction and a retweet etc. It all adds up to a big problem in getting players such as Sammy Ameobi, who has got ‘some’ ability, to succeed in any substantial way.

Everybody, including Sammy Ameobi and the fans, have to keep their feet on the ground. We all hope that any player in black and white succeeds but Ameobi has to really dig in if he is going to make it, after having hung around so long without playing hardly any competitive football at a decent level, it will be a major achievement if he can make it at Premier League level.

Good luck to him as he’s saying all the right things but doing it on the pitch is the only thing which will decide whether he can succeed or sink into the lower leagues.

Acting like a man and playing every week – Sammy Ameobi;

“I have to start playing and acting like a man, hopefully this season can be the start of that.

“I want to start for Newcastle every week, so I have got to make the most of this opportunity and make sure I don’t slip up.

“I am not going to let that go this time, I’m not a kid anymore and I realise that.”

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