SAMMY Ameobi believes he is grasping the opportunity to show Alan Pardew what he can do.
The forward reckons this is a “massive” campaign for the fringe and young players in Pardew’s Newcastle squad, with three competitions to compete in and a lack of new signings to provide the sort of depth that their rivals possess.
The rest is down to the players, and Ameobi has made a decent start with two match-turning performances against Brugge and West Brom. “This is our chance to come out and show that we can do it,” he said.
“I fully intend to show that I can do it and am capable of it.
“This is a massive season for me. There’s going to be a lot of opportunities because we’re in the Europa League still and the FA Cup as well, so the chance is there for fringe players like me.
“The chance is there for us to show what we’re made of. We’ll see, hopefully.” Ameobi clearly has the confidence to do the job, insisting he is a creative player worth looking at when the game is running away from United.
“The main thing for me is that when I come on I try to affect the game,” he said.
“I have to be prepared when I come on to make the most of those opportunities and take the chances.
“I feel like I’ve managed to do that in the last two games. Hopefully I can continue to build on that and continue to do it in the future. I’m glad the manager is looking to me.
“I’m a very creative player and on my day I think I can bring something to the team. I will always look to get down that line and put some balls into the box, and hopefully I can continue to create a few of those chances.”
Ameobi hopes that his good form will catch the eye of Stuart Pearce, who will pick an England Under-21 squad to face Northern Ireland next week. He has two caps for England’s young guns and is hopeful of adding to it.
“I’m really hopeful I can get back into that squad. I want to be back in the set-up, it’s something I’d love to do,” he said.
“Stuart Pearce was really encouraging when he first called me into the squad so hopefully he’s seen my last two performances and I’ll get another chance there.”