Shola Ameobi is confident younger brother Sammy has what it takes to be a success at Newcastle United, and is backing him to make an impact in the Barclays Premier League next year.
The 19-year-old starlet, a striker in the same mould as his older brother, made his first team debut for the Magpies in the penultimate game of last season, a 2-2 draw away at Chelsea.
The breakthrough meant the Ameobi's became the first brothers to play alongside each other for Newcastle since Chilean duo George and Ted Robledo donned the black and white stripes in the 1950s.
"It doesn't happen very often when you get two brothers playing in the same team," Shola told the Newcastle Gazette.
"It was a great occasion for Sammy, especially as he made his debut against Chelsea like I did in 2000."
Ameobi is hoping that his younger brother will use the experience as a motivation to get his head down and work hard in a bid to force his way into manager Alan Pardew's first-team plans again next season.
"He's already got the ability to get right to the very top, and we all know that," he continued.
"It's whether he wants that enough. He's proved that he's willing to improve and willing to learn. It's been a long time coming for him – it’s fantastic."
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