Sammy Ameobi outlines his role in the Newcastle team

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Sammy Ameobi has been impressing for Newcastle United this season.

It is suspected that Ameobi is on his last chance at St James’ Park, after four seasons of mediocrity with the Magpies.

Failing to improve upon his early promise, the 22-year-old had made just 28 appearances since making his debut in 2011, and the club were holding off offering him a contract extension - seeing as his current deal expires at the close of this campaign.

However, he was thrust into Alan Pardew’s first-team this season through a host of injuries, and, having scored his first ever Newcastle goal with his first touch against Tottenham Hotspur early this year, he has since become a key part of the Magpies side who are performing so well as of now.

With the form of Ayoze Perez, Ameobi has been shifted out to the wing, and he put in another solid performance in the 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Saturday. Having pressured right-back Branislav Ivanovic for most the game, he finally registered an assist when Papiss Cisse got on the end of his pass into the box to finish past Thibaut Courtois.

Speaking of his influence in Cisse’s goal against the West Londoners, Ameobi told the Chronicle that getting balls into the box is the exact task that Pardew has given him in the Magpies starting XI.

The former England Under-21 international said: “I just got in the right position to cross it. That’s what the manager has brought me in to do - get to the byline and put some balls in.

“I feel I have been doing that a lot more this season. Hopefully I can continue to do that. I’m really happy about it.”

The youngster has already made more appearances this season - 11 - than in his best ever campaign in a Toon shirt, and he will be looking to continue his good form as the season progresses. Whilst doubts about his true ability still remain, he has had a positive impact since his arrival, and as long as he continues to fulfil the role expected of him by Pardew he is sure to keep his place in the first-team set-up on Tyneside.

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