Newcastle United’s decision to hand Sammy Ameobi a new contract is already starting to look like the biggest mistake they made during the summer.
The Magpies decided to offer Ameobi a new two-year deal at the end of last season to ensure that he did not leave on a free.
However, the decision is starting to appear a rather baffling one, as Ameobi has been out on loan at Cardiff all season, and he has not made too much of an impact at the Championship side.
The tricky winger has started just three matches for the Bluebirds, with most his appearances coming as a substitute.
If Ameobi cannot break into Cardiff’s team, is there really much hope of him making the grade at Newcastle?
The winger can no longer be considered a youngster, still learning his trade. He is 24 in May next year, and if he still hasn’t been able to shake off his ‘impact-substitute’ label by now, then there has to be question marks over he will ever be able to.
Newcastle may not have wanted to lose Ameobi on a free, but the signs are suggesting that the best decision, for all parties, would have been to let him go at the end of last season.