Newcastle Utd’s Sammy Abeobi says big bro Sho will keep him grounded

FRUSTRATED ... Sammy Ameobi.
FRUSTRATED ... Sammy Ameobi.

SAMMY Ameobi says there’s no chance of his feet leaving the ground - as he’d soon be brought down to earth by his big brother!

The forward has impressed for Newcastle United this pre-season.

And Ameobi is hoping for a final chance to press his claims ahead of the season-opener against Manchester City on August 19 when the club takes on Braga at St St James’s Park this evening.

Ameobi set up his elder silbing Shola’s equaliser against Rangers at Ibrox on Tuesday night after coming off the bench.

The 21-year-old says he is an important influence in his football career on and off the pitch.

“It’s great playing alongside Shola,” Ameobi said.

“Growing up, it was always my dream to play in the team with him.

“He gives me great encouragement.

“He’s always keeping my feet on the ground, keeping me straight and making sure I work hard.

“It’s good to have him there as a mentor and someone to look up to. He’ll tell me off if I’m not doing it right.”

United manager Alan Pardew talked of Ameobi Jnr having “come out of the pack” over the past few weeks thanks to a series of lively performances.

And the England Under-21 international’s hopeful he can carry his form into the new Premier League campaign.

“I want to do it on the Premier League stage - that’s the goal,” he added.

“Everyone has to work for each other. It’s not easy, but I’m willing to put the work in.

“I want to take positives from the last few games into the season.”

“The role I’ve been given in pre-season has suited me, and hopefully I can keep that going.”

Meanwhile, Ameobi was given another lift this week when he was called up into the England Under-21 squad for next week’s game against Scotland at Bramall Lane.

Senior coach Roy Hodgson took temporary charge of the team after Stuart Pearce’s departure.

“It’s great for me, growing up and wanting to play for England, that he’s noticed my game recently,” said Ameobi.

“And hopefully I can impress him when we come to play.”