Oba Martins in Crunch Talks with Allardyce on Future

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 – 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.


Oba Martins

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 – but we think Oba will be allowed to play in that game – and we also hope he’ll commit his long term future to Newcastle.

Comments very welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Kash

    Jul 12, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    3 things about Oba:
    -Improve 1st touch
    -Improve passing
    -gain experience (from MO and MV) on when to make the runs in behind, and stay onside.

    If he manages these 3 things, then we have a superb player!!!!! If I know this, then Sam definitely knows this, and he’ll do all he can to persuade him that Newcastle will make him into that player!

  • rich

    Jul 12, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    he ain’t going nowhere not to a team dats going nowhere after sellin henry n now maybe fabregas

  • john75

    Jul 12, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Oba has already stated that he is happy at NUFC and like Owen, he can surely see that their are good times ahead at the club. Am sure that Sam will be able to persuade him his future lies hear, and even get him on a new clause free contract along with Owen. No reason for him not to be allowed to play in the Mandela match, who wouldn’t want to? Can’t wait for new season to kick off

  • P.collins

    Jul 12, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    I personally think if Arsenal were going to make a bid for martins, they would have done so by now. I hope this matter is quickly resolved so Sam can concentrate on other things such as signing defenders eg Curtis Davies and one more striker eg Eidur Gudjonsen.Roll on August the 11th !

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 12, 2007 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Kash – spot on on all 3 points… but surely the top top players are gifted with 1st touch?? it’s a natural ability isn’t it?

  • Keep Oba

    Jul 12, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #6

    You can learn a better first touch…you cant learn a 87mph shot with your left foot.

  • Soren

    Jul 12, 2007 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #7

    He’s a daimond with flaws. The flaws have been mentioned by kash, with he first touch and his some times poor passing, but he has talent and an encredible skill as Keep Oba says, shooting with 87mph is a rare gift. He has so much potential, and he needs work and guidence. Hopefully Owen and Viduka can learn him some of these skills. In addition to this, I don’t think that he will leave Newcastle. I’m sure once he and SA have had some talks, he will be excited to be a part of the revolution, and he will have a great future here if he stays.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 12, 2007 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Soren – i’m hoping Oba will announce he’s staying tomorrow Friday – that will give everyone a boost….he’s a raw talent.

  • phoonck

    Jul 12, 2007 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #9

    All i can say is, Martins is certainly an explosive striker of the ball, and a definite raw gem. He has all the skills in running at defenders and holding them off, born with a powerful left foot and equally sweet right foot, blessed with lightning pace and the ability to leap off ground at ease.. and great athleticism too! (evident from his unique goal celebrations)

    With the right attitude from the man himself, right coaching from the staffs and the right guidance from Big Sam, we can nurture him into the next big thing in the Premiership.

    Just for your information, Henry arrive at Arsenal at the age of 21 and scored 17goals in his maiden season. Of course i’m not saying Martins is going to be the next Henry, but i believe he can be as good as the living legend, if not better. Martins, having arrived at Newcastle at the tender age of 21 and needing to adjust to a whole new environment, he still managed to bag an impressive 17goals having played either with inconsistent partners (Sibierski, Ameobi and Dyer) alone upfront for most of the season. And remember, Newcastle had a disappointing season, the worst to date in fact, since Keegan’s era!

    I have all the confidence that Martins is going to be all important for us for years to come, and he’ll live up to the expectations of wearing that famous No.9 shirt! Keep Oba!

    Flying Newcastle flag high in Singapore,
    Howay the lads!

  • phoonck

    Jul 12, 2007 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry, a correction to Martins’ goals in his 1st season. It’s 11goals, not 17. As in league goals.

    Henry had 28goals in total and Martins had 17.

    Still, i’m keeping my fingers crossed that Martins’ going to honor his 5years contract! And please, Newcastle Board and Big Sam, renew Owen’s contract and Martins’, and please no more outrageous minimum-fee release clauses in their contracts! That’s suicidal! D


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