TEENAGER Sammy Ameobi’s desperate for more opportunities – but the striker’s admitted he’ll have to be patient.
Ameobi netted for Newcastle United’s reserves in Tuesday night’s 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.
The 19-year-old’s already made a handful of appearances this season, and scored a dramatic extra-time winner in the club’s Carling Cup victory over Scunthorpe United.
And manager Alan Pardew – who was at Leyland for the second string game – will have been impressed by his performance on the right wing.
However, given the form of the first team – Pardew’s side are fourth in the Premier League – Ameobi knows he’ll have to be patient as he waits for another senior opportunity.
Ameobi’s also nursing a hamstring injury which could keep him out of the visit of Tottenham Hotspur to St James’s Park a week on Saturday. And Ameobi told the Gazette: “I’ll keep showing what I am made of, and keep doing things right.
“The gaffer was there, and that’s what I have to do – keep working away and showing what I’ve got.
“It is not going to be an easy task, but I’m enjoying it.
“Everybody’s buzzing in training, and it’s a good feeling. We know that it’s tough to get in the team.”
Ameobi latched on to a well-weighted through ball from Dan Gosling for his first-half goal at the County Ground, and his shot struck Bolton goalkeeper Rob Lainton before looping into the net to open the scoring.
“It was good to get the goal – that’s what you want to do as a striker, no matter what game it is you play,” said Ameobi.
“We got told because we had a strong team out we had to a professional job. We couldn’t take it lightly, and we didn’t
“It’s good to get goals but good for us as a team to win.
“Dan Gosling played the ball to me – it was a great pass down the left. When I hit it, I thought ‘that this just has to go in’ because it was well struck. There was a bit of luck, but when that happens, I’ll take it.”
Winger Sylvain Marveaux struck twice in the second half, and Ameobi went on: “It’s great to be working with the top players like him.
“He took his goals very nicely – the first one was a great finish, and the second was well taken.”
Ameobi revealed on Twitter last night that he has suffered a “slight” hamstring strain, but added he hoped to be “back soon.”
Meanwhile, United have made no comment on a report linking Doncaster Rovers, managed by former Newcastle coach Dean Saunders, with a loan bid for midfielder Gosling.
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