The ability to amaze and frustrate in equal measure is a special quality, and one which Nottingham Forest forward Sammy Ameobi most definitely possesses.

He can be an infuriating watch at times – be that falling over his own feet or failing to get his sizeable frame off the floor to challenge for another high ball lofted in his direction.

In the blink of an eye, though, things can change.

Bambi on ice suddenly becomes Wayne Gretzky!

A towering header is recorded at Stoke or a two-assist salvo delivered against QPR.

In both of the contests mentioned above, it would have come as no real surprise to see Ameobi hauled off at the interval.

Sabri Lamouchi has more patience than most.

For him, Ameobi is a mercurial talent to be persevered with.

Wind him up and watch him go!


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It may take a while for him to hit maximum speed, but he’ll get there eventually.

Ameobi’s latest outing proved as much – again.

He really should have doubled Forest’s lead in the first-half at Loftus Road, but swung one of those long limbs at fresh air.

There were also instances of trying too much and tackling himself.

By the end of 90 minutes, he had made a telling contribution after all.

It was he who eventually teed up the Reds’ second of the game, with a driven cross from the left allowing Lewis Grabban to tap into an unguarded net.

Ameobi also helped to put the seal on things in stoppage-time.

As Joe Lumley fumbled the ball in his direction, the languid forward could have been forgiven for seeing his eyes light up.



With three goals and as many points already in the bag, why not try and get in on the act?

Rather than look to prod home himself, though, Ameobi nudged into the path of Alfa Semedo.

Selfless as well as enigmatic – a winning combination!

Further calls for fresh terms to be tabled have surfaced on the back of a productive evening in west London.

The deal Ameobi signed upon his arrival is only due to run until next summer.

He has been charged with the task of proving himself deserving of more than one year at the City Ground.

His audition has gone pretty well so far.

There has been the odd fluffing of lines, but also a few standing ovations.

That is the thing with Ameobi – one way or another, from the sublime to the ridiculous, he is going to get you on your feet!

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