SAMMY Ameobi’s hoping to pick up where he left off in the Premier League after a frustrating eight months on the sidelines.
Ameobi is in the squad for tonight’s game against Everton at Goodison Park.
The 20-year-old broke through into Alan Pardew’s side last season, but his season ended in January after he suffered a knee injury in a reserve fixture.
And Ameobi’s pre-season was cut short by a hamstring problem.
But the striker made his comeback in Friday night’s Professional Development League (PDL) game against Southampton.
And Pardew’s hopeful Ameobi – whose elder brother Shola is also now fit – can build on his achievements last term.
“I think this is a breakthrough year for Sammy – he has to prove it, not me,” Pardew told the Gazette.
For his part, Ameobi is adamant he’s got the graft to back up his undoubted talent, and he’s itching to get on the field after his recent lay-off.
“It’s every kid’s dream to play football,” Ameobi told the Gazette. “Hopefully, I’ll get an opportunity and push on and give more.
“I’m confident in my own ability – I just need to put in the effort and hard work. I know it’s not easy, but I’m willing to do it.”
Ameobi suffered his recent injury during a training session in Portugal in late July.
“It was in training – I was just walking and felt my hamstring,” he said.
“It was random. From there, it’s been six weeks of trying to get back to fitness.
“That’s football – sometimes it goes your way, and sometimes it doesn’t. It was just unfortunate for me.
“I can’t cry about it – I’ve just got to get back fit and do what I do. It was unfortunate, but I’ve just got to try and push on from here.”
Ameobi played 90 minutes of Newcastle’s 1-0 home PDL defeat to Southampton at Whitley Park.
“I’m a bit disappointed,” he added. “I’ve been looking forward (to making my comeback) for a while, but it was a tough night.
“I don’t feel 100 per cent yet, and I’m a bit disappointed with my own performance. Hopefully, I’ll get back to my maximum fitness.
“We came out wanting to get a win, but obviously that wasn’t the case. In the end they just wanted it more than we did.
“We just have to keep pushing on and working hard.”
United took four points from their opening three games, and Pardew’s side, without several key players, will be up against it at Goodison Park.
Ameobi said: “We’ve had a good start to the season, and hopefully we can push on against Everton and get three points.”