Sammy Ameobi explains reason why he left Newcastle, discusses McClaren expectations

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Sammy Ameobi says he needs to 'grow up' whilst on loan with Cardiff City.

Winger Sammy Ameobi has told Wales Online that he signed for Cardiff City this summer in order to 'grow up' away from his hometown of Newcastle.

Ameobi, 23, was born on Tyneside, and came up through the academy with the Magpies having joined at the age of just 16 back in 2008.

Last season, Ameobi featured regularly for Newcastle, yet despite playing 27 games for the club, the wide man left St. James' Park this summer in order to join Championship side Cardiff City on a season-long loan deal.

Ameobi is now looking to prove himself in the second tier ahead of his return to Newcastle next summer, and admitted to Wales Online that he had to leave the Magpies in order to grow up - before revealing what manager Steve McClaren expects from him during his time in South Wales.

"Newcastle is my home and I love the city, but I needed to get out and grow up as a footballer," said Ameobi. "I was the local kid on the block at Newcastle, but I wanted to come out and put my stamp on a new club."

"The manager wants me to have a massive impact for Cardiff, to score goals and provide assists. I want to achieve both. I came down to Cardiff and saw this beautiful city. The club has great facilities and the ambition here is to play in the Premier League. My job is to help achieve that. Newcastle monitor all my games and my hope is to have a great season for the Bluebirds," he added.

Ameobi needs to get a little stronger and become more consistent during his time at Cardiff, and his displays last season suggest that he can still have a big impact in the Newcastle first team in the future.

McClaren is hardly blessed with a plethora of options out wide, and if Ameobi can impress during his time with Russell Slade at Cardiff, he may well play his way back into contention at Newcastle - which is ultimately what he and McClaren are looking for.

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