Sammy Ameobi: "He [Alan Pardew] was keen for me to get some football, but it was a bit of both [in terms of who suggested the move].
"I wanted some game time.
"I hadn't been playing, he wanted me to get some experience and learn how to become a big part of a team.
"It's good to learn how to gel in a new environment and the move has definitely paid off so far.
"I am still in the area where I have my family and I can come and go whenever I please, and that has helped.
"It's good to have them so close. I think I would find it hard to move further away and would get homesick.
"I am happy to be here and I just want to continue to progress.
"I came in and wanted to help Middlesbrough get some points and get in to the play-offs.
"I know there was a little bit of pressure, and hopefully I will get over that in time. I have settled quite well and it's already feeling like I am one of the lads."
But results are not going Boro's way, and Sammy didn't feature in yesterdays 2-0 defeat against bottom club Bristol City.
Source: Newcastle United Mad