Should Newcastle regret selling Sammy Ameobi?

Sammy Ameobi of Bolton celebrates after scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bolton,...

Newcastle are currently lacking in both goals and width in the Premier League.

Sammy Ameobi of Bolton Wanderers in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Bolton Wanderers at Sixfields on November 26, 2016 in Northampton, England.

Rafa Benitez's tactics at Newcastle United this season are plain and simple; remain defensively rigid and nick the odd goal here and there if possible.

It has seen six of their 12 league and cup outings finish 1-0, whether that be a Newcastle win or a narrow defeat to Premier League opposition. One-goal margins over Swansea and Crystal Palace proved to be enough.

However, four 1-0 losses to Bournemouth, Burnley, Brighton and Huddersfield show Newcastle simply do not have the plan B needed to go up the other end and equalise when they fall behind. 

Sammy Ameobi of Newcastle United is challenged by Joey Barton of QPR during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United at Loftus Road on May 16,...

A lack of attacking tenacity is clearly evident in the Magpies side, while goals are a distinct problem too with only 10 Premier League strikes in 11 games. Combine that with a lack of options out wide, and it looks pretty bleak for Benitez.

Ghana international Christian Atsu suffered a muscle problem against Bournemouth last time out and he is now a doubt for November 18's trip to Manchester United. Without him, Benitez is down to the bare bones out wide.

Just Matt Ritchie and Jacob Murphy provide cover, and the Spanish manager should now be ruing his decision to sell Sammy Ameobi to Championship side Bolton on a permanent basis - especially when the speed machine is flying.

Sammy Ameobi of Newcastle United goes past Gabriel Paulista of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on March 21, 2015 in...

Three goals in seven outings from out wide against decent sides in Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham and Sunderland has seen Ameobi already prove to Newcastle that they were wrong to let him go; and they need him now more than ever.

The 25-year-old's blistering pace and long stride, twinned with bags of tricks and an unwavering eye for goal are all traits missing from the Newcastle side, as they struggle in the final third.

Offering cover out wide for an injured Atsu, Newcastle should certainly feel regret at letting Ameobi go, especially on a free transfer.

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