ONSIDE: Will Newcastle’s Sammi Ameobi fire Boro into the play-offs?

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IT’S not exactly the type of signing to unveil to a packed buzzing Riverside crowd eager to see the new lad dazzle in red - but then those days are well behind us.

If Sammy Ameobi is as unpredictable as his older brother then not even he will know what lies ahead in his loan spell at the Boro.

Our form is shocking. We aren’t hitting the net anywhere near enough as what is needed and worryingly our once-this-season solid back line is leaking goals.

So whether a 20-year-old untried and untested forward/winger with just one competitive goal to his name is the man to pull us out of the rut is doubtful.

But let’s look at the situation realistically.

If there was young’un capable of tearing up in the Championship by smashing in a dozen goals from now until the season-end, he would be in or certainly around the squad of 18 for a bottom half Premier League outfit.

This league isn’t an easy league to excel in and unfortunately Mogga can’t wave a magic wand and pluck an Uwe Fuchs out of nowhere to come and miraculously save the season before disappearing back to the place where he suddenly appeared from, forever securing a spot in the hearts of the Holgate faithful in the process.

But right now, if we’re brutally honest, even half a dozen goals would be an improvement.

Other than a 93rd minute Scott McDonald consolation at home to the buzzing Hornets back on January 12 or a similar last minute strike by the Juke to cut the damage suffered at Derby to just two goals on New Years Day, Curtis Main is the only hitman to do his job so far this year.

Before his injury earlier this season Mogga was open to loan offers for the young striker.

Yet after the referee jumped in his pocket to flash a red at the young Geordie after he scored the winner against Leeds, the Riverside crowd were left aghast with mutterings of “what do we do now?”.

Such is the form of the front men around him.

The curious case of Marvin Emnes is a story which needs a happy ending this season - but even the most creative of us would struggle to write it.

The Juke is out of action with injury - before that he was out of form and looked a shadow of the man who led the line well at the back end of last season.

McDonald, in fairness, has looked hungry and dangerous at times when he has played but has been out while Miller, who has also had his knocks, hasn’t had too much game time.

Ameobi is a new face around the place, a new face which will hopefully give the others a much-needed boost.

It would be unfair to expect him to single-handedly pull us out of this spiral of shocking form - for we all know that he isn’t capable of that.

But it’s something different. It offers us another alternative.

And right now, any alternative from a forward-thinking player is an improvement on what is being served up at the Boro.

- Dominic Shaw