Sammy Ameobi

By Dan King

Sammy Ameobi has just returned from his summer holiday in America - and he hopes to head stateside again next month when Newcastle embark upon their pre-season tour of the United States.

The 19-year-old made his Magpies debut as a substitute against Chelsea in May, fulfilling his dream of playing alongside older brother Shola, and he impressed in the 2-2 draw.

He was again part of Alan Pardew's squad for the final match of the last campaign, at home to West Brom, although he just missed out on the matchday 18, and has set his sights on more first-team appearances next season.

So, having relaxed in New York for a week, he has returned to Newcastle to embark on extra strength and conditioning work to ensure he's in with a chance of boarding the plane when Alan Pardew's side take on Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City and Columbus Crew.

"That's what I'm working towards," he told nufc.co.uk. "I need to get into the team that goes to America, just to establish myself. It's not going to be easy, but I'm trying to keep fit over the summer so I come back flying.

"It's mainly strength work that I need. I think I'm going to do some work with the fitness coach over the summer, just beefing me up, so hopefully I'll come back a lot stronger which will be good for me to start the season."