The number of clubs claimed to be interested in signing Sammy Ameobi is growing by the day.

West Brom, Crystal Palace, Wolves, Everton and Real Sociedad have all been credited with interest in taking the soon to be out of contract player.

Newcastle have given no indication as to whether they have any intention of offering Ameobi, Jonas Gutierrez or Ryan Taylor another deal when their contracts end this summer.

Similarly there has been no movement at all on a further significant group of players who will go into the final year of their contracts next season. That group including all three of Newcastle’s senior centre-backs –  Coloccini, Williamson and Steven Taylor.

In fact new/extended contracts have been thin on the ground over the last couple of years with only really  low key ones such as those agreed with young players such as Dummett, Adam Armstrong and Callum Roberts.

The general impression appears to be that Mike Ashley is running down the club’s longer term commitments but as to whether this has some kind of an end game such as making the club more desirable to sell, only he knows.

As for Sammy Ameobi, he is 23 years old now and has made 66 first team appearances so far as both a sub and from the start. In that time he has contributed 4 goals and 6 assists, which despite having had injury problems, doesn’t really suggest to me that he has what it takes in the Premier League.

Ironically, if the worst happened over the next week and a half, I could well see Shola’s younger brother being offered a new deal,  as a cheap option to bulk up the squad for a Championship campaign.

I do think with this point having been reached and no proactive action from Newcastle, if indeed United stayed up and Sammy Ameobi was then offered a new deal, it would surely smack of desperation. Mike Ashley giving him a new contract on the basis that he isn’t prepared to spend the money needed to get the squad back into shape to compete in the Premier League.

I struggle to see other Premier League clubs taking the winger on and I think the Championship would actually be best for the player as well. If he drops down a division then at least Sammy Ameobi should get a run of games where maybe he just possibly could prove doubters like myself wrong.

  • Pulse33

    West Brom are apparently so keen they have been credited with interest twice.

  • Andgeo

    We can’t compete with the bigger clubs financially! Who could blame him for moving for higher wages….Bazinger!!

  • Giimps

    Substitute we can’t compete with we don’t want to compete and end the sentence there….no need to elaborate.

  • DZA187

    sounds like he’s on the way to Wolves.

  • Munich Mag

    Just watch Sammy blossom when he goes to a proper club..

  • stepaylor

    in a well run club Sammy would have spent the past 2 years on loan at a championship side (like his short spell with Middlesbrough). This would have given him the chance to play week in and week out so by now we would have been able to see what level he could have reached. Instead we have seen slight glimpses of greatness combined with sometimes being anonymous. Gives away possession often but can get to the line and cross decently. Will depend on what he wants in terms of salary as to whether i would keep him. In his position are Cabella, Goufrann,  Aarons and i believe he is behind all but Goufrann (when Aarons is ever fit).

    If it was me i would sell Goufrann and sign Victor Moses. I would offer Sammy a 3 year deal on 10k a week and send him on loan to a championship club year 1 with them picking up most of his wages. If it works out well he can maybe be part of the squad the following season. If it doesnt then look to loan again or sell him for 250k to a championship side. Releasing him would be a waste of potential money or maybe even a decent player.

  • terriertwo

    Get rid. At best he’s average and not up to the standard required. Lazy like his brother so move him on and get someone in that will put a shift in for ninety minutes. Obertan the same and another waste of space.

  • Alsteads

    He can be frustrating at times but isn’t that a strength of a good manager to get the best out of players? ……….That we have not had!! There are a few clubs in that premier league with limited players and they all seem to punch their weight and a bit above with certain individuals. Us??? well