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Newcastle must watch their backs with out-of-contract Ameobi

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Now in the final year of his contract, Sammy Ameobi is starting to hit top form, but the Toon should be wary of potential Premier League suitors.

Earlier this week Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admitted that Jak Alnwick would be in the shop window in weeks to come, with injuries to the club’s other two goalkeepers likely to see the Gateshead youngster enjoy more game time – but what of Newcastle’s other out-of-contract star?

At the start of the season, Pardew told Sammy Ameobi he was facing a make-or-break season at St James’ Park that could decide the path he takes as a footballer.

And after seeing his brother and long-time club servant Shola released over the summer it appeared that the 22-year-old was under no illusions for the coming campaign.

"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 said at the time.

"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."

Fast-forward a couple of months and while the good news is that the left-sided attacking midfielder has finally started to show his worth to the first team, the current situation could yet come back to bite the Magpies.

As Ameobi himself previously explained, he needed to play well to either get a new contract or 'a good move elsewhere' and with time ticking down towards January when the midfielder will be able to negotiate terms with a different club, Newcastle need to be wary of the latter.

A young English talent, Ameobi has already scored once in the top-flight this term and provided a further two assists for the Magpies to mark himself out as one of the club’s bright hopes for the future.

However it’s not simply his attacking contribution that’s improved, the midfielder is tracking back more to provide a greater amount of defensive cover and support and becoming more of a team player, to borrow a well-worn phrase.

However with the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea hoovering up players of his ilk at an alarming rate, it’s high time those behind the scenes at Newcastle get the midfielder to put pen to paper on a new deal, or they could be left to regret their seeming indecision.

Ameobi may be a work in progress but he’s already showing signs of surpassing his brother’s fantastic achievements at the club.

But if Newcastle wait too long, it could be a case of destiny unfulfilled.

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