Sammy Ameobi

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Sammy Ameobi
Sammy Ameobi.jpg
Ameobi playing for Cardiff City in 2015
Personal information
Full name Samuel Oluwaseyi Ameobi[1]
Date of birth (1992-05-01) 1 May 1992 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Bolton Wanderers
Number 10
Youth career
2008–2010 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2017 Newcastle United 57 (2)
2013 Middlesbrough (loan) 9 (1)
2015–2016 Cardiff City (loan) 36 (1)
2016–2017 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 20 (2)
2017– Bolton Wanderers 6 (3)
National team
2011 Nigeria U20 2 (0)
2011–2013 England U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:28, 30 September 2017 (UTC).

Samuel Oluwaseyi Ameobi (born 1 May 1992) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for Championship club Bolton Wanderers. 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.

Club career[edit]

Newcastle United[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, Ameobi joined the Newcastle United Academy in July 2008 after finishing school[3] and made his reserve team debut on 29 September 2008 against Blackburn Rovers.[3] 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.[4][5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

Middlesbrough (loan)[edit]

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.[10]

Cardiff City (loan)[edit]

On 7 July 2015, Ameobi joined Championship team Cardiff City on a season long loan.[11] 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,[12] 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.[13] His only goal of the loan spell came in the third league game of the season, a 2–0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.[14]

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.[15]

Bolton Wanderers (loan)[edit]

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.[16] 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.[17] He scored his first goal for Bolton in an EFL Trophy tie against Blackpool on 4 October 2016.[18]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

On 14 July 2017 Ameobi signed a one-year deal with Bolton Wanderers.[19]

International career[edit]

Ameobi joined the Nigeria U-20 squad training in Turkey ahead of the 2011 African Youth Championship.[20] He appeared in two friendly games for the Nigeria U20s against Saudi Arabia and Egypt.[21] 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.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Ameobi has two older brothers who are also footballers: Shola, his former teammate at Newcastle, and Tomi, who plays for FC Edmonton in Canada.[3] 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.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 September 2017 [23]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United 2010–11[24] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12[25] Premier League 9 0 0 0 3 1 12 1
2012–13[26] Premier League 8 0 1 0 0 0 5[a] 0 14 0
2013–14[27] Premier League 10 0 0 0 2 1 12 1
2014–15[28] Premier League 25 2 0 0 2 0 27 2
2016–17[29] Championship 4 0 0 0 4 0
Newcastle United total 57 2 1 0 7 2 5 0 70 4
Middlesbrough (loan) 2012–13[26] Championship 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Cardiff City (loan) 2015–16[30] Championship 36 1 1 0 2 0 39 1
Bolton Wanderers (loan) 2016–17[29] League One 20 2 2 1 0 0 2[b] 1 24 4
Bolton Wanderers 2017–18[31] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 123 6 4 1 9 2 7 1 143 10
  1. ^ Appearances in Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in the EFL Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sammy Ameobi". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Sammy Ameobi profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c "Sam Ameobi". Newcastle United F.C. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Ryder, Lee (16 May 2011). "Shola and Sammy Ameobi tell of NUFC pride". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Newcastle United's Shola and Sammy Ameobi revel in shared ambition". The Guardian. 20 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Marshall, Anthony (15 July 2011). "Darlington 0 Newcastle 2". Newcastle United F.C. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Scunthorpe 1–2 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Sammy Signs Up!". Newcastle United F.C. 17 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Tottenham 1–2 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Middlesbrough 2–1 Cardiff" BBC Sport. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Newcastle winger Sammy Ameobi joins Cardiff City on loan". BBC Sport. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Cardiff City 1-1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 8 August 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "Cardiff City 1-0 Wimbledon". BBC Sport. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "Cardiff City 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers". BBC Sport. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  15. ^ "The reason Sammy Ameobi's Cardiff City game time has been managed since loan switch from Newcastle United". WalesOnline. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "Four new arrivals check in at Macron Stadium". Bolton Wanderers FC. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "Match Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Southend United". Bolton Wanderers FC. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Blackpool". burndenaces.co.uk. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  19. ^ "Wanderers re-sign Sammy Ameobi". bwfc.co.uk. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  20. ^ Adewuyi, Lolade (8 March 2011). "Newcastle's Sam Ameobi Joins Nigeria U-20's". Goal.com. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  21. ^ Ryder, Lee (24 September 2011). "Stuart Pearce keeping tabs on Sammy Ameobi". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  22. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (6 August 2014). "Sammy Ameobi: Newcastle United striker opts to play for Nigeria". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  23. ^ Sammy Ameobi at Soccerbase
  24. ^ "Games played by Sammy Ameobi in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Sammy Ameobi in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Sammy Ameobi in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Sammy Ameobi in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Sammy Ameobi in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  29. ^ a b "Games played by Sammy Ameobi in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Sammy Ameobi in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Sammy Ameobi in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 

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