Oba Martins will resume training with the rest of the squad tomorrow, Friday and will sit down with Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce and discuss his future at Newcastle.
We know that Sam wants to keep Oba at Newcastle â€“ he’s said that many times.
We also know that Sam was very impressed with what he saw of Oba in training camp in Austria during the last week or so.
We think Oba will stay at the club and provide more good news for Newcastle fans to go with the good news from Michael Owen today. Oba has been reading the newspapers like everybody else and claims he knows nothing of what’s going on and wants to find out.
Let’s take a look at what Oba has been saying to the press.
“Right now, all I know is what I read in the papers,”
“I am meeting with the manager when I get back to training. We will see what happens then.”
Knowing Sam’s powers of persuasion and knowing Sam wants Oba at Newcastle we’d love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation. If we are right about what Sam will tell Oba – then Martins will be walking about one inch off the ground after he’s talked to Allardyce. We’re sure Sam will tell him he sees Oba as a vital cog in Newcastle’s machinery to go on and win big things for the club. Oba can only get better and will under Sam’s helpful guidance.
As well as discussions over his future, Martins knows he will need permission from Allardyce to play in the friendly that will mark Mandela’s birthday celebrations. Martins has been invited to play for an African XI against a World XI in Johannesburg on July 18, that’s less than 24 hours after Newcastle are scheduled to play their first pre-season game at Hartlepool United.
Here’s what Oba had to say about that game:
“It is an honor to be chosen and to meet a legend like Nelson Mandela,”
It is not an opportunity that comes every day but I also have to consider Newcastle too. I don’t want to miss the first friendly match of the season.
“I will rejoin training on Friday and that will give me a chance to speak to the manager. Hopefully, I can make him understand what an honor it is for me to feature in this game and I think he will understand.”
Oba obviously wants to play and we’ll see how Sam handles this one â€“ but we think Oba will be allowed to play in that game â€“ and we also hope he’ll commit his long term future to Newcastle.
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