Newcastle United pair backed to shine

BACKED TO STAR ... Newcastle United's Sammy Ameobi is challenged from behind by Club Brugge's Jonathan Blondel.
BACKED TO STAR ... Newcastle United's Sammy Ameobi is challenged from behind by Club Brugge's Jonathan Blondel.

SAMMY Ameobi and Gabriel Obertan have been backed to wreak havoc at the Jan Breydel Stadium.

The pair combined for Newcastle United’s winning goal against Club Brugge at St James’s Park a fortnight ago.

And manager Alan Pardew has confirmed the pair will both start in the return match.

Ameobi, pictured, will be joined on the pitch in the Europa League group match by his elder brother Shola.

They will make history and become only the third pair of siblings to start a competitive first-team game for the club.

They follow in the footsteps of the Robledos and the Applebys.

George and Ted Robledo served United in the 1950s, while Matty and Richard Appleby played for the club in the early 1990s.

Pardew is excited by Sammy, who he believes can be starting Premier League games regularly next season.

“Sammy’s growing as a player,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“People are seeing he has fast feet. He’s 6ft 4in, and he could have a fantastic future in the game. We’re just trying to harness it.

“This is his breakthrough, but next season he could be a first team player.

“He has to grow and gain the intelligence to do that.”

Ameobi’s run and pass set up Obertan for the only goal of the game at St James’s Park.

“Gabby and Sammy did very well in this game,” said Pardew.

“Our two wide players caused some problems and both of those will start. They will cause some problems.”