Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Now Is the Time for Sammy to Shine and Prove He Is Worthy of St James' Spot

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Now Is the Time for Sammy to Shine and Prove He Is Worthy of St James' Spot

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@ncjmedia.co.uk

SAMMY AMEOBI was told he

The Newcastle United winger has always had massive potential and the skilful Academy product has more than just a trick or two up his sleeve to keep Premier League full-backs busy. If anything was limiting his chances at United it was surely the lack of first-team opportunities.

He may have made his Premier League debut n 2010 when he starred with his big brother Shola in a 2-2 draw at Chelsea but the 2-1 win at Chelsea last weekend was remarkably only his 12th start in the Premier League for United under Pardew.

With his current deal coming to an end this season, now is the time for the 22-year-old to prove himself. Having finally been handed a run in the team by his manager, he is grasping that chance with both hands.

Ameobi,, who has three assists and a goal in 11 games this term, netted his first Premier League goal at White Hart Lane with his first touch in the 2-1 win after coming on as a substitute . It might not just be the turning point of his season, but it could yet prove to be a defining moment in his United career - especially if he is handed a new deal.

Yet it is his defensive work and tracking back which seems to have won him a place in the mind of Pardew, the 6ft 4in forward producing more rounded performances.

Ameobi told the Chronicle: "I am just enjoying every minute of it.

"I am really blessed to play Premier League football and I thank God for that opportunity.

"I want to go game by game, work hard and hopefully stay in this team."

Ameobi admits he will be judged on his offensive work after Pardew urged him to start making goals on a regular basis.

That is what he did against Chelsea this weekend to help his team to a 2-1 win which puts Newcastle in with a fighting chance of a top-six place this term.

After setting up another goal for Papiss Cisse, Ameobi reflected: "I just got in the right position to cross it. …

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