Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has warned Sammy Ameobi that he is running out of chances at St James' Park ahead of the League Cup third round tie at Crystal Palace.
Ameobi has entered the final year of contract in the north east but after being handed just four Premier League starts last season, has made only two substitute appearances this term, the latest coming in the 2-2 draw with Hull City.
The Toon staged a second half comeback to grab a point against Hull but during Ameobi's five-minute cameo he conceded a free-kick which almost allowed Steve Bruce's side to grab all three points.
The 22-year-old is not eligible to leave Newcastle on a free transfer at the end of the season, but the club could look to offload the former England youth international sooner rather than later should his performances fail to improve.
"Sammy is a player who has unbelievable talent and we have been waiting and waiting for him to deliver something on the football pitch," Pardew admitted.
"I warned him this week I am running out of time with him and he is running out of chances. He comes on and changes the game a little bit. He runs up the pitch, takes players on and that is what we want.
"He is 6ft 7ins, the guy. And then he concedes a free kick and we could lose the game. These are the things you have to learn even in the pressure situation like Saturday. Those building blocks are always going on. We will learn from the game. And I will learn about my players."
Before the start of the campaign, Ameobi himself admitted he was under pressure to win a new deal with The Magpies.
"I am in the last year of my contract with Newcastle and I have to start it with a bang," he said. "I am no longer a kid.
"I have had a lot of injuries, which I am hoping I have gotten over now, so I need to play very well to either get a new contract with Newcastle or be able to make a good move elsewhere."
Despite making a scoring return to the Newcastle first team on Saturday, Papiss Cisse – who was playing through the pain barrier against Hull – is unlikely to feature at Selhurst Park, but Remy Cabella is expected to feature after a drop in his recent form.