Sammy Ameobi has spoken of one day playing for Nigeria and knuckling down at Newcastle but he could benefit from a temporary move away.
While Shola Ameobi has already departed Newcastle United, his brother Sammy has reiterated his desire to remain at the club – but if the 22-year-old is serious about having a long-term future at Newcastle he could be best served by a short-term loan to another Premier League team.
Speaking in an interview with Punch, the Magpies academy star admitted he was facing up to a now-or-never scenario at Newcastle United.
"I am no longer a kid, I am in the last year of my contract with Newcastle and I have to start it with a bang," he told the news provider.
"I have had a lot of injuries which I am hoping I have gotten over now, so I need to play very well to either get a new contract with Newcastle or be able to make a good move elsewhere."
But while the younger Ameobi made ten Premier League appearances last term, he could be better served by a move away from St James’ Park – for the time being at least.
Intense competition for places
Breaking into the Newcastle United first team was tricky enough last season but Ameobi’s cause has hardly been helped by a busy summer of recruitment at Newcastle United which has seen the club bring in three new midfielders.
Jack Colback, Siem de Jong and Remy Cabella will all be ahead of the 22-year-old in the Toon Army first-team pecking order with the latter of the three posing the biggest threat to his chances. If Sammy is out to impress he could be better off doing it elsewhere.
Look at the example of Andros
Ameobi need only look at the example of Andros Townsend to see the obvious benefits of playing for one of the Premier League’s lesser lights.
Prior to his Queens Park Rangers loan move, Townsend was on a similar trajectory to the one Ameobi is currently on, having spent time on loan in the Championship. That all changed with a temporary move to another side.
Premier League experience
Players like Ameobi can often get caught in a vicious cycle – managers don’t pick them because they don’t have Premier League experience but they can’t get Premier League experience unless they are picked.
That’s one of the reasons a loan move would be so beneficial for Ameobi, who could thrive at a club like Burnley, Leicester City or even Crystal Palace. The Magpies could be willing to fund any loan move too, provided a clause is inserted ensuring the attacking midfielder gets a certain amount of game time.
Ambitions of international football
And while a loan spell at another Premier League club does not necessarily guarantee a Premier League future at Newcastle United, it could certainly boost his chances of making an impact at international level.
Townsend got his big break with England after starring for QPR and with Sammy outlining his desire to play for Nigeria, a loan spell in the Premier League could bring international caps his way – something that would put him in the shop window for any number of big clubs, while also getting Newcastle’s attention.