Sammy Ameobi


Name: Sammy Ameobi
Squad number: 28
Nationality: English
Born: 1st May, 1992, Newcastle
Height: 194cm
Weight: 82kg
Previous clubs: Middlesbrough (loan)
Signed: July 2010, from youth
Newcastle United debut: 15th May, 2011 v Chelsea (away), Premier League
Position: Striker


Sammy Ameobi burst on to the first-team scene at the end of the 2010/11 season, making his Newcastle debut as a second-half substitute in the penultimate game of the season at Chelsea.


The youngster replaced Peter Lovenkrands to join older brother Shola on the Stamford Bridge pitch, and in doing so they became the first brothers to play for United in a league match since George and Ted Robledo in 1952.


Ameobi had been a regular presence in the reserves for three years, but was given a chance by first team manager Alan Pardew in pre-season and grabbed his opportunity with both hands. He netted against Darlington in the first friendly of the summer, before bagging a brace at Gateshead and was promptly handed squad number 28.


Having been an unused substitute against Arsenal on the opening day of the 2011/12 campaign, Ameobi came off the bench less than a fortnight later to strike a stunning extra-time winner against Scunthorpe in the second round of the Carling Cup - the first competitive goal of his fledgling career.


His full debut for the Magpies came in November 2011 against Premier League champions-in-waiting Manchester City, and he would go on to make 13 appearances in his breakthrough season.


The 2012/13 campaign saw Ameobi make 14 appearances for Newcastle across the Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup, while he also enjoyed a successful loan spell at Championship outfit Middlesbrough towards the end of the campaign.



Early Days

Born and bred in Newcastle, Ameobi attended Heaton Manor School and Grindon Hall Christian School before joining United's Academy in July 2008.


Within three months of his arrival, the front man had featured for the Reserves, making his bow against Blackburn Rovers and he was to feature a number of times for the second string before progressing into the first team squad.



International Career

Early in 2011, Ameobi appeared twice for Nigeria Under 20s in friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Egypt, as the squad prepared for the 2011 African Youth Championship.


The forward received an England Under 21 call-up, however, in November of the same year and came off the bench to make an impressive debut in a 5-0 Euro 2013 qualifying win over Iceland.


A first start would follow just four days later - on 14th Novemeber - against Belgium, which England lost 2-1.