Cardiff City boss Russell Slade has told Wales Online that loan signing Sammy Ameobi was a 'real threat' in his debut against Shrewsbury Town.
Ameobi, 23, may have played a part for Newcastle last season, but he has been allowed to leave the club on loan this summer in order to play regular first team football.
The winger has chosen to join Cardiff City on a a season-long loan deal, and is likely to play a key role for Slade's men next season.
Ameobi made his debut for the Bluebirds on Saturday, playing 45 minutes in a 2-2 draw against Shrewsbury Town in a pre-season friendly - and Slade told Wales Online just how impressed he was with the wide man's contribution, even if it was only a friendly.
"When Sammy is on the ball he carries a real threat, particularly in the final third," said Slade. "He has pace, an ability to beat players and he’s strong in the air. Sammy had a couple of shots which went really close and he will add something different to the team."
Ameobi needs to make sure that he continues to impress Slade during these pre-season fixtures, as it will help cement his place in the first team upon the start of the Championship season.
In order to ensure that Ameobi has a long-term future at Newcastle, he has to prove his worth during this loan spell - and he's off to a good start, even if it's only pre-season for now.