TEENAGER Sammy Ameobi’s come of age at Newcastle United – after “embarrassing” Manchester City’s Gael Clichy.
The striker was handed his full debut in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
Ameobi’s performance was one of the positives manager Alan Pardew took from the club’s first Premier League defeat of the season.
The 19-year-old was played out of position on the right wing in the absence of Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux.
Ameobi beat Clichy a couple of times, and he’s again in Pardew’s thoughts ahead of Saturday’s visit to Old Trafford having justified his selection against the league leaders.
“I was pleased for Sammy,” Pardew said.
“It was a tough call on Sammy to play, but he was terrific.
“He embarrassed Clichy a couple of times. I was pleased – everybody did very well.”
Pardew hopes to have Obertan back for the fixture against second-placed Manchester United after a two-game absence.
Up to now, attack-minded Ameobi’s been used off the bench by Pardew in the belief he was not yet ready to take on the defensive responsibilities that come with a starting place.
However, the younger sibling of Shola has worked hard on other areas of his game this season.
Ameobi’s now a fully-fledged member of his first-team squad, having been a reserve and Academy player last season.
Ameobi’s form for United also earned him an England Under-21 debut earlier this month.