Shola Ameobi has turned 36 today but has been keen to talk about the talents of younger brother Sammy.
Eventually released at the age of 25 by Newcastle at the end of last season, Sammy Ameobi signed a permanent deal with Bolton.
However, injury has prevented his involvement early on and only now has he returned to the first team with one sub appearance and one start.
Shola Ameobi thinks that now he is back to fitness and set to start on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday, Sammy ‘can go do whatever he wants in the game’.
Shola is still playing at Notts County under former Newcastle teammate Kevin Nolan and thinks his younger brother is ‘technically brilliant’, saying he ‘wasn’t quite blessed with that ability’.
He has sympathy for what happened at Newcastle, believing that for Sammy Ameobi ‘it was a big pressure for him to deal with having an older brother at a club’.
Bolton certainly need some inspiration from somewhere, at the moment they are the only team keeping Sunderland off the very bottom of the Championship.
Two points from the first 11 games already sees them seven points away from safety and with only four goals scored and 22 conceded, clearly there are problems at both ends of the pitch.
Adam Armstrong is also having a wretched time so far on loan at Bolton, in nine Championship appearances he is yet to score and he will also be hoping that Sammy Ameobi can prove his older brother’s claims to be true.
Shola Ameobi talking to Sky Sports:
“Technically, Sammy is brilliant.
“You can see the skill level he has. It’s immense for such a tall guy, the way he can move his feet.
“He’s coming to the stage in his career when he’s really finding himself.
“He understands what he has to do and what he is about and it has been fun to see that evolution from him.
“He’s very different to how I am! I wasn’t quite blessed with that ability.
“As a young kid, it was a big pressure for him to deal with having an older brother at a club.
“He had to deal with that in his own way and I think he’s come out of that and shown what he can do now with his loan spell at Bolton last season.
“He’s really come into his own and I honestly feel if he gets a run of games, he can go do whatever he wants in the game.”