Ameobi believes his rival's form is good news for everyone.
"He's just grown in confidence, that's what scoring goals does for you, especially strikers," he reflected with The Journal. "When he first joined us he found it difficult to adjust. Experience is a big thing and he's continued to grow. He's leading the line well and getting goals.
"You want to be pushed all the way. That's what I've got to do to get my place back. It can only bode well for the team.
"I was disappointed to get injured after the Sunderland performance. When you come in you want to take your chance.
"I'm never going to moan when a player does well for the team. I just have to work hard to show the manager I'm worth a place. No one deserves to be playing, you have to earn that. I'm no different."