Sammy Ameobi

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

Sammy Ameobi is determined to build on a memorable breakthrough season, once Newcastle United's 2012/13 campaign gets underway.

Over the past year the leggy forward has gone from being part of the Magpies' Reserve team to a regular in the first team matchday squad, opening his account with a long-range screamer at Scunthorpe and winning his first England Under 21 caps.

Add to that a Premier League start away at Manchester City, and appearances against the likes of Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool, and there were more than enough highlights to leave Ameobi proud of his impact, despite spending most of the second half of the season sidelined by a knee injury.

"It was an amazing season, I loved every minute of it and it's been a big change for me," the 20-year-old told nufc.co.uk.

"I've gone from the Reserves to where I am today, but it's still only the beginning. I'm just starting out and I'm looking forward to next season where I will hopefully keep progressing - that's the main aim.

"Starting against Manchester City was one of the highlights of my career so far. They are an amazing team, so getting an opportunity to play against them was a real honour.

"My one goal against Scunthorpe was a highlight. To score the winner in a cup tie was great.

"And then to be called up by England Under 21s and get a couple of games under my belt for them was great. I really enjoyed it and hopefully I get to do that more next season once I get back playing."

One moment in particular which catapaulted the younger brother of Shola into the public eye was a pre-season goal against Darlington which sparked a celebratory pitch invasion.

Ameobi is pleased to already be something of a terrace cult hero on Tyneside, but explained he has set his sights on making even more of an impact in a squad which will be playing Europa League football next season.

"I never expected anything like that," Ameobi said of that infamous moment at the Northern Echo Arena almost a year ago.

"It was a bit outrageous! It was nice though and it's nice to be appreciated by the fans. You want their full support, which is why I'm working as hard as I can so that hopefully they can see a bit of ability in me.

"My aim now is to get a few more starts under my belt and work my way into the team on a regular basis.

"I don't just want to be a player who plays every so often. Everyone wants to be in the team each week, and I'm no different.

"That's what I'm working towards and hopefully I can do that next season."

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