Before we go any further we have to tell one on ourselves, so you understand where we are coming from for this article.
We are great fans of Oba Martins and just love the guy. We also believe in the years to come he can even emulate the great things our very own Michael Owen has accomplished in the game. That’s a huge compliment for Oba, but we think he can realize his potential.
We thought he played very well on Saturday and certainly he”s fast and full of energy and creativeness, something the team lacks in midfield.
Oba Martins – loving it at Newcastle under Big Sam’s guidance
Oba’s goal was excellent, the way he killed the high ball from Geremi stone dead with one touch and turned and lobbed the ball over goalkeeper Hart as he advanced in his next movement â€“ superb. Good skills for the up and coming youngsters on Tyneside to try to perfect. Looks like the City center-backs got a good look at it too, as they were caught watching Oba on either side of him 😀
Oba Martins tells Newcastle World TV he is full of confidence and full of goals having hit his 4th of the season at Man City on Saturday to go top of our goalscoring list. And we know he hit 17 last season, his very first in the Premiership.
Here’s what Oba said:
“I think we were unlucky because we played well in the first-half,” “But we could not get our rhythm after half-time and they have scored so early it has made it difficult.â€
“It’s upsetting to score and not win because the most important thing is the three points.â€
He’s spot on there. Martins continued:
“For my goal I have managed to bring it down with my left and finish with my right and I was pleased with the finish.â€ “I am always full of confidence. When I play I always give my best and I always feel like I will score.â€
“Next week against Everton will be tough because the are a good team on a good run, but it is an important game for us and we will be looking for three points.”
All this nonsense about Owen coming back next Sunday is just that, nonsense and it’s a disservice to young Oba. It’s also true the fans love watching him play at St. James’ because he is an exciting and explosive player to watch. When he gets the ball near goal he can hit a rocket with either foot. On Saturday, in the second half, he hit just such a rocket with his left foot from the left channel. We weren’t sure if it was a goal or not as it rebounded back at speed. The replay showed it went wide, hit the support post of the nets and came right back. But you had to watch it in slow motion to see that Oba had hit the ball at such tremendous speed. Shots hit at that velocity give a goalkeeper little chance whatever the direction of the shot.
Oba’s got 21 goals for us now and we believe that figure is going to rise a lot before he’s finished at Newcastle. Come to think of it we wonder how the contract negotiation are going on his long term contract which tie him up at Newcastle for the next 5 years or more. Sam is sage in getting all his young good players signed up on extended deals while he also looks for new talent to bring into the club. Oba’s still got a lot of improvement in him and he’s not the finished article but the fact that Wenger was interested in him (and he’s not even French) tells you his potential is very high. Under Big Sam he can develop that potential to the good of Newcastle.
Finally, we find him not only a great talent but also a very likable lad and the fans love him and he and his extended family love it on Tyneside 😀