Sammy Ameobi, the younger brother of Nigerian-born Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi, is making tracks at St James’ Park as his 'hunger for goals' deepens.
The younger Magpie netted two in a 3-1 win against neighbouring Gateshead on Tuesday night, and spoke about his drive going into the coming Barclays Premier League season.
"Scoring goals is obviously a massive thing. I didn't score many last season, so it's good to get two goals tonight and I set up the other one too,” said the 19-year-old, whose older brother has scored 48 goals for the club.
"My hunger for goals now has overtaken everything. I didn't used to be that focused on scoring goals last season - for me it was mainly about playing well.
"But now I'm trying to add goals to that, because I want to be scoring and scoring to try and make an impression on the big guys.”
One of the 'big guys' at Newcastle is assistant manager John Carver, who is indeed impressed by the teenager's progress with the Toon.
Carver also stressed the need for steady and regulated progress though, suggesting the club hierarchy won't allow the player's feet to leave the ground.
"When you get that little sniff, sometimes players want more and more and more - and it looks like he wants it," said the assistant post-match.
“One thing we won't allow to happen is for him to get carried away with it. He's done well tonight; he's still got things he's got to work on as well as a lot of good things.”
But Ameobi, who unlike his brother was born in Newcastle, seems to accept his role as student, and is relishing the chance to develop is one he can't afford to reject.
"I just hope I can keep that going throughout the season, keep learning and keep progressing," he concluded.
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