Samuel Oluwaseyi J. "Sammy" Ameobi is an English footballer who plays for Premier League club Newcastle United in the profile of a striker or a left winger. Ameobi joined the Newcastle United Academy in July 2008 after finishing school and made his reserve team debut on 29 September 2008 against Blackburn Rovers. He made his first-team debut on 15 May 2011 as a second-half substitute against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a 2–2 draw. Ameobi scored his first senior goal on 15 July 2011 in a pre-season friendly against Darlington. He scored his first competitive goal on 25 August 2011, scoring the winner in extra time against Scunthorpe United in the second round of the Football League Cup. On 17 November 2011 Ameobi signed a new three-and-a-half year contract extension with Newcastle United, keeping him at the club until 2015. On 19 November 2011 he started his first-ever Premier League match, away to Manchester City.
Ameobi opted to play for the Nigeria national football team and joined Nigeria U-20 squad training in Turkey ahead of the 2011 African Youth Championship. On 10 November Ameobi made his England Under-21 debut against Iceland in a 5-0 win to maintain England's perfect start to their Euro 2013 Under-21 Qualifying group.