Newcastle winger Sami Ameobi has admitted that he is playing for his future at St. James' Park.
Newcastle United picked up their fourth point of the season with a draw against Swansea City on Saturday, with Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse scoring twice to somewhat relieve the pressure on manager Alan Pardew over the international break.
Cisse rightfully took most of the plaudits, but his second goal was beautifully crafted by winger Sami Ameobi. The 22-year-old joined the Magpies as a 16-year-old, and was famed for being the brother of long-serving Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi. Whilst his older sibling was a popular figure at St. James' Park, Sami has always been seen as a player who flattered to deceive.
Ameobi has played just 44 games for Newcastle, and reports in the North East earlier this season suggested that Pardew was looking to let the winger leave either on loan now or in the January transfer window permanently, but when he was desperate for a result, he surprisingly handed Ameobi a chance from the bench against Swansea in a bid to find an equaliser in South Wales.
And he responded perfectly with a driving run down the right hand side before the gangly winger delivered a perfect left footed cross for Cisse to turn home. Having grasped his chance with both hands, Ameobi admitted that he's drinking in the last chance saloon at Newcastle, and needs to impress given that his contract expires next summer.
"I’m thankful for every chance I get," Ameobi told the The Shields Gazette. "I’m happy I’m getting game time. Hopefully, I can continue to do that and help the team get some points on the board."
"I’m in the last year of my contract, and I’m playing for my living," said the England Under-21 international. "I’ve started to concentrate and focus a lot more. I’m happy, and hopefully I can continue to play games and earn myself a contract – whether it be here or somewhere else."