SAMMY Ameobi says Newcastle United’s players are ready to roll their sleeves up – and go on a roll.
Alan Pardew’s side are third from bottom of the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s home game against Leicester City.
And there are fears on Tyneside that the club, level on points with basement team Queens Park Rangers, is set for another battle against relegation, having fought the drop the season before last.
Winless United need a league victory – and quickly.
The Leicester game is followed by league fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
Ameobi, pushing for a starting place against Leicester after impressing off the bench in the club’s 2-2 draw against Swansea City, is wary of Nigel Pearson’s newly-promoted side.
But the forward feels that Newcastle have the graft – and guile – to get off the mark at the eighth time of asking.
“Leicester had a great start to the season,” Ameobi told the Gazette. “They’re a compact group, and everybody works for the team.
“I know for a fact it won’t be easy, but we’ve got the quality.
“If we get the togetherness, the graft and the hard work, we can get a win. From there, we’ll build the confidence and kick on.”
Ameobi set up the second of Papiss Demba Cisse’s two goals against Swansea after coming off the bench in South Wales, and he won praise from United manager Pardew after the match.
Pardew said he felt the “penny was dropping” for Ameobi, who is following in the footsteps of his elder brother Shola at St James’s Park.
And the 22-year-old – who is in the last year of his St James’s Park contract and hoping to earn a new deal at his boyhood club – is in Pardew’s thoughts ahead of the Leicester game.
“It’s never easy coming from 2-1 down – you’ve just got to graft,” said Ameobi.
“I just wanted to get on and put balls in the box, and that’s what I did. We got a point, and I’m happy enough.
“We’ve got an extra week to practice and get ready for Leicester at home.
“We’re looking to get three points. We’ll be working hard.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s Rolando Aarons could be fit for the home game against Liverpool on November 1.
The winger, 18, suffered a hamstring injury on international duty with England’s Under-20s early last month.