|A.K.A.||Samuel Oluwaseyi Ameobi, Samuel “Sammy” Ameobi|
Association football player
|Birth||1 May 1992, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, North East England|
Samuel Oluwaseyi “Sammy” Ameobi (born 1 May 1992) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Newcastle United. He is the younger brother of fellow players Shola and Tomi Ameobi.
Born in England, Ameobi was capped by England at under-21 level before switching his allegiance to Nigeria in August 2014.
Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, Ameobi joined the Newcastle United Academy in July 2008 after finishing school and made his reserve team debut on 29 September 2008 against Blackburn Rovers. He made his first-team debut on 15 May 2011 as a second-half substitute against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a 2–2 draw, alongside his brother Shola, coming on for Peter Løvenkrands just before Chelsea made the game 2–1. This prompted Newcastle fans to change a chant from “There’s only one Ameobi” to “There’s only two Ameobis”. They became the first pair of brothers to play for Newcastle in a league match since George and Ted Robledo in 1952.
Ameobi scored his first senior goal on 15 July 2011, in a pre-season friendly against Darlington. Prior to the goal, supporters chanted, “If Sammy scores we’re on the pitch” and thus the goal was followed by a pitch invasion which caused the game to be delayed for 10 minutes. He scored his first competitive goal on 25 August 2011, scoring the winner in extra time against Scunthorpe United in the second round of the Football League Cup.
On 17 November 2011, Ameobi signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract extension with Newcastle United, keeping him at the club until 2015. On 19 November 2011, he started his first-ever Premier League match, away to Manchester City.
Ameobi scored his first senior league goal for Newcastle on 26 October 2014, within seven seconds of the second half against Tottenham.
Ameobi joined Middlesbrough on 25 February 2013 on loan until the end of the 2012–13 season. On 2 March, Ameobi scored on his debut for the club in a 2–1 victory over Cardiff City.
Cardiff City (loan)
On 7 July 2015, Ameobi joined Championship team Cardiff City on a season long loan. He made his debut for the Bluebirds on the opening day of the 2015–16 season as a substitute in place of Alex Revell during a 1–1 draw with Fulham, before being handed his first start three days later in the first round of the Football League Cup, playing 73 minutes in a 1–0 victory over AFC Wimbledon before being replaced by Kadeem Harris. His only goal of the loan spell came in the third league game of the season, a 2–0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Ameobi made 39 appearances in all competitions during his loan spell at the Cardiff City Stadium as Cardiff fell short of a play-off place, but only 11 of these were starts. Cardiff manager Russell Slade stated that the club felt the need to manage Ameobi’s playing time as the winger was suffering from Asthma and had been struggling to breathe in training sessions during the early part of his loan spell prior to a change of medication to manage the problem.
Bolton Wanderers (loan)
On 31 August 2016, Ameobi joined Football League One side Bolton Wanderers on a six-month loan deal following in the footsteps of his sibling Shola, who had a short spell at Bolton in the previous season. Three days later he made his Bolton debut in a 1–1 draw with Southend United at the Macron Stadium, coming on as a substitute for fellow debutant James Henry. He scored his first goal for Bolton in an EFL Trophy tie against Blackpool on 4 October 2016.
Ameobi joined the Nigeria U-20 squad training in Turkey ahead of the 2011 African Youth Championship. He appeared in two friendly games for the Nigeria U20s against Saudi Arabia and Egypt. However, in November 2011, he was called up to the England U-21 squad for matches against Iceland and Belgium by Stuart Pearce. He met up with his teammates for the first day of training on 7 November. On 10 November Ameobi made his England Under-21 debut against Iceland in a 5–0 win to maintain England’s perfect start to their Euro 2013 Under-21 Qualifying group. On 14 November Ameobi made his first start against Belgium Under-21s. England were winning 1–0 when Ameobi was subbed off after 67 minutes, the game eventually ended 2–1 to Belgium.
On 6 August 2014, Ameobi confirmed that he has chosen to follow elder brother Shola in declaring for Nigeria.
Ameobi has two older brothers who are also footballers: Shola, his former teammate at Newcastle, and Tomi, who plays for FC Edmonton in Canada. He attended Heaton Manor School in Newcastle and Grindon Hall Christian School in Sunderland, and finished school with 11 GCSEs prior to joining the Newcastle academy on a scholarship.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Newcastle United||2010–11||Premier League||1||0||0||0||0||0||—||1||0|
|Newcastle United||2013–14||Premier League||10||0||0||0||2||1||—||12||1|
|Newcastle United total||53||2||1||0||7||2||5||0||66||4|
|Cardiff City (loan)||2015–16||Championship||36||1||1||0||2||0||—||39||1|