SAMMY Ameobi has pledged to return to Newcastle United a stronger player - after being toughened up in the Championship.
The forward is on a half-season loan at promotion-chasing Middlesbrough.
And Ameobi is hoping to help the club win promotion to the Premier League during his spell at the Riverside Stadium.
The 20-year-old has been on the fringes of Alan Pardew’s starting XI over the past 18 months.
However, January’s signings saw Ameobi drop down the pecking order at the club, and Pardew felt he would benefit from a spell away from St James’s Park.
For his part, Ameobi - who scored on his Boro debut - is enjoying the responsibility of regular first-team football.
“It’s going well - I’m glad to be getting some games under my belt,” Ameobi said.
“I’m feeling part of the team. Hopefully, I’ll continue getting games and impress the manager. Games are what I need for my confidence and development as a player.
“I’m playing week in, week out, and keeping my fitness levels on.”
The frenetic football played in the Championship contrasts sharply with the slower-paced European games Ameobi was involved in with Newcastle earlier this season.
“Middlesbrough are trying to get in the play-offs, and I’m trying my best to help the club do that,” he added.
“It’s not easy. The ball turns over a lot more. There’s a lot more running. You have to be strong, but I’m enjoying every minute of it.
“Hopefully, we’ll get that play-off spot, and Newcastle are doing great right now, especially in Europe.”
Ameobi is already feeling the benefits from his three starts for ninth-placed Boro, who have dropped out of the play-off places this year.
“I’ve already taken a lot from the games I’ve played, and I’m stronger physically,” said Ameobi, who hopes to keep his place for Saturday’s visit to struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“Hopefully, I can bring that back to Newcastle.”
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