‘Sammy’s a better player than me’ – Shola
SHOLA Ameobi’s confident his younger brother Sammy will become a better footballer than him.
Sammy’s hoping to make his England Under-21 debut tonight against Iceland after being called up in place of the injured Connor Wickham.
The 19-year-old has already made an impact for Newcastle United this season.
Ameobi’s been promoted to a first-team squad after impressing manager Alan Pardew, and his progress at St James’s Park hasn’t gone unnoticed at international level, the striker having been watched by Stuart Pearce.
And his elder sibling has told of his pride after Sammy stepped out of his shadow this season.
“Sammy’s going to be a top player if he keeps on progressing,” Shola told the Gazette.
“He’s got a good brain on him, so if he keeps on developing the way that we hope he can, we’ll have a really big star on our hands.
“I’m just proud he’s made that step up, because it can never be easy when your brother’s been there.”
Shola also feels Sammy can achieve more in the game, believing he has the ability and pace not just to score goals, but to take them on, something he showed in his cameo against Everton last Saturday.
“He’s his own man, and I can safely say he’s a better player than I am,” added Ameobi. “If he keeps on improving, we’ll have a big star on our hands.
“We all know he’s got that ability to take people on and beat them. He’s got great feet, and he’s tough mentally, as well.”
Meanwhile, Shola is making good progress in his comeback from the hamstring injury he suffered against Tottenham Hotspur, which was originally set to sideline him for six weeks, and he could be back later this month.
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