Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi responds to accusations of 'laziness'

Sammy Ameobi
Sammy Ameobi

Newcastle United's Sammy Ameobi says he's NOT a "lazy" player.

The forward is on a half-season loan at League One club Bolton Wanderers.

Ameobi, 24, opened his account in a Football League Trophy win over Blackpool earlier this season.

And the 24-year-on, in the last year of his St James's Park contract, knows time is running out for him to show he has a future at Newcastle beyond next summer.

“This is my career,” said Ameobi, who has previously had spells on loan at Cardiff City and Middlesbrough.

“I can’t take this opportunity for granted – not that I ever would – but I know it’s likely I’ll make another move.

“I want to do well for Bolton; it’s a great club and I want to take them up.

“I needed that goal (against Blackpool), really, because it’s been a tough start.”

Ameobi, the younger brother of former Newcastle striker Shola, came off the bench 33 times in the Premier League for United.

The England Under-21 international now wants to show he can make an impact from the start of matches.

“I need more consistency in games and my day-to-day training,” Ameobi told The Bolton News.

“Since I got here I’ve been pushing hard. I want the manager to think ‘he’s on it’ every day of the week, not just coming here for a few games and a relax.

“I need that work ethic to translate to my games, and, if I’m honest, it’s something I have struggled with in the past.

“I’m a bit like Shola – quite a lackadaisical style – and people assume that’s laziness, but it’s just the way I carry myself.

“I am trying to work on it. I’m trying to look more enthusiastic, if that’s possible. And hopefully it will go into my gameplay.

“It’s about regular starts now – I want to play.

“A lot of my career I’ve just been a sub, 15-20 minutes here and there, never really having that long spell of games to get into my legs and my body.

“I’d love to get that here.”