Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sammy Should Learn from Ayoze's Penalty Box Instinct

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sammy Should Learn from Ayoze's Penalty Box Instinct

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THE difference between Ayoze Perez and Sammy Ameobi, two young Newcastle forwards making their way in the Premier League, was amply demonstrated in the 2-0 victory at West Bromwich.

As a striker myself, I closely monitor those who have come after me.

And one thing struck me - Perez is fully aware of what goes on in the penalty area whereas Ameobi isn't.

Take the way the young Spaniard scored that exquisite goal on the stroke of half-time that completely changed the complexion of the game.

He was alert, on the move, and ready to pounce.

When the ball was flashed across the penalty area, he showed terrific skill and awareness to flick it into the bottom far corner of the net while running in the opposite direction. Defenders were sitting on their heels, but Perez was already on the hoof and therefore had a great advantage.

Compare that with the second period when Daryl Janmaat put in two smashing crosses to the far post. How I used to live off them.

The opposition hate such things because the ball flies over defenders' heads and the keeper doesn't know whether to come or stay.

The first time Janmaat did it, the cross went away out of danger because Ameobi, the only player in the vicinity, didn't attack it. He didn't gamble and go in for a free header. He didn't read the situation.

Chances like that are few and far between in top-flight football and you need players who see things and are willing to put their bodies on the line.

Later, Janmaat crossed an identical ball and there was Fabricio Colocinni at the back post to head it in. Colo took a chance and it paid off.

Sammy must start doing that. He has talent, like his brother, but while he does some good things, he doesn't do other things, which infuriates me and probably Alan Pardew. Everyone tells me what's wrong with Perez, but I don't care. …

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