By James Agberebi:
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has hailed Sammy Ameobi following his performance in the Toons’ 1-0 home win against struggling Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
According to the club’s website, Pardew who came under heavy criticism in the early part of the season due to Necastle’s poor form before managing to turn it around, described Ameobi’s display as his best for the club.
“We really played some terrific stuff. Sammy (Ameobi) had his best game for us on the flank and Ayo (Perez) was a threat all day. You can’t take your eye off him – he excites you and excites the crowd and that, for Newcastle, is traditional.
“But the discipline of the back four, the goalkeeper, the midfield and the two strikers to defend is getting us where we want to be because we keep just nicking a goal, and then we might nick a second, and the game’s over.”
He also went on to hail the performance of stand-in skipper Moussa Sissoko against QPR – and admitted that the Frenchman could one day wear Newcastle United’s captain’s armband on a more regular basis.
“I wondered if giving him (the captaincy) might just knock him off kilt because he’s been brilliant. But it didn’t – he just put the armband on and played his normal game.
“I didn’t think he was any better than he’s been, because it’s very difficult to be better than he was at West Brom etcetera etcetera. He’s been brilliant.”