Sammy Ameobi saved his career with his loan spell at Bolton Wanderers.
Having failed in loan periods at Middlesbrough and Cardiff, it was difficult to see a future for the player after Newcastle would at last get him off the wage bill on 30 June 2017 when his contract ends at St James Park.
However, Bolton fans loved what they saw as at last Sammy Ameobi found a club/level where he could make an impact, scoring some spectacular goals in impressing in his loan spell at Bolton in the first half of last season.
Ameobi helped them towards promotion and after Rafa Benitez brought him back to Newcastle in January as insurance against injuries, after Mike Ashley blocked any incoming mid-season transfers, Bolton completed the job and went up as runners-up behind champions Sheffield United.
Back in December, Bolton Manager Phil Parkinson said: ‘We obviously want to keep Sammy Ameobi around, he’s been immense for us’.
Now, the Bolton News have revealed that the soon to be out of contract winger is in discussions with Bolton Wanderers for a permanent deal this summer.
However, despite promotion, finances are still very tight at the club and they report that Sammy Ameobi will only get a move back to Bolton if he takes a significant drop on what he has earned at Newcastle for not playing.
With only 21 league starts in his entire Newcastle career, the 25 year old last started a league match for Newcastle back in April 2015 when the Magpies lost 1-0 at Sunderland.
Personally, I think Sammy Ameobi should grab the chance with both hands, no matter what money is/isn’t on offer, having found a club where he excelled and the people will welcome him back with open arms.
Phil Parkinson 13 December 2016:
“We obviously want to keep Sammy Ameobi around, he’s been immense for us.
“Sammy needed playing time. He’s developing as a player like the team is. We are pleased with him.
“He’s enjoying it here so obviously we’d like to keep him.
“You learn things when you’re playing games, he’s getting better and is a very likeable lad.”
Phil Parkinson talking to Bolton News 9 June 2017 and admitting they need to add quality (on a budget):
“We need more competition, it is as simple as that.
“In the Championship you do have international breaks, which mean after a while the midweek games start piling up.
“We certainly don’t want to find ourselves short, so we’re looking at bringing a couple more strikers in.
“It stands to reason that in a higher division, a competitive league, we’re going to need a better-quality squad.”