Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Make or Break Time's Looming for Toon Cup Hero Sammy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Make or Break Time's Looming for Toon Cup Hero Sammy

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ALL HAIL Mrs Ameobi! We needed your boys to avoid yet another cup humiliation at Morecambe.

Shola and Sammy are literally years apart, but they are also miles apart as players.

Shola is a big, strong line leader, good in the air, who holds off defenders well while Sammy doesn't possess any of those attributes. He may be tall but he isn't good upstairs. His game is about dribbling, swaying, and doing tricks.

I know the fans aren't big about Shola, but as an old centre-forward myself there is much about his game that I admire. And his goalscoring record against Sunderland and in Europe is top notch.

It's Sammy who interests me because he is now at the crossroads whereby his Newcastle career either takes off or nosedives and he eventually leaves.

When Sammy went on loan to Middlesbrough last season I said on my radio programme that I doubted if he would get goals for them.

Then on his debut he goes on a mazy run and sticks the ball in the top corner of the net. I was slaughtered on air by Boro fans, but I merely said: "Let's wait and see if he scores another." He didn't.

Now Sammy has notched a good goal for United and I have this message for him: Go on, prove me wrong son!

Sammy has a lot going for him - but can he turn potential into fulfilment? We're about to find out.

While on the subject of players at the crossroads, let me mention Yohan Cabaye. What has been going on is mind-boggling.

I can understand him wanting to leave United but I cannot understand the way he's gone about it. To go on strike and refuse to play in Newcastle's first three matches of a new season is shocking.

Arsenal naturally seemed an attractive move in what is a huge year for Cabaye with the World Cup at the end of it. This has to be his World Cup, because by the time the next one comes round he'll be just that little bit too old to be at his peak. …

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