Oba talked yesterday, while he was helping customers pack bags at the ASDA in Gatehead’s Metro Center for charity.
He talked about the number 9 shirt he inherited from Alan Shearer, and he thinks that Michael Owen and himself can play well together, as they have apparently been doing in training.
Weâ€™ll take a look at what Oba said and also mention more on the charity work he was doing yesterday.
Oba Martins – thinks Michael Owen and himself can play well together
“When I came here I was offered the No.9 shirt.â€ “I got it from Alan Shearer when he retired. He tells me to score lots of goals, and I cannot let him or the shirt he gave me down and I have to deserve my place.â€
“I don’t feel like it is a competition between Michael Owen and me. The important thing is for me to play football.â€ “I really want to play. As a footballer you are remembered for playing football not picking up your wages or sitting on the bench.â€
“Michael is getting fit again which is good for the club. Together we can push each other.â€ “I left Inter Milan because I was on the bench too much and I came here to play. I will do my best to stay in the team.â€
“People don’t understand that Michael Owen and I CAN play together. “We have done it in training. I am not the manager but I reckon we can have a partnership even though we are both little and quick.â€
Thatâ€™s very interesting but we know Sam likes to play one big man up front. But they have been on the field together when Martins put in that beautiful cross for Michael to head in to get all 3 points against Wigan.
“The manager says I can score more and he is right. I get many opportunities and I have to put more away.”
“I feel I have got more to offer, but it is not easy to score when you have big defenders chasing you down and doing everything to stop me.”
But Martins said he has settled very well on Tyneside, with his family, adding:
“The fans really love me which is great. I have lots of Geordie friends but they told me to learn English first rather than Geordie words.â€
“I like the city and my family are settled here. My brothers and sisters are here and they’ve been living with me since last year. That helps.”
We think the best chance of having Oba and Martins start together is that if Martins plays on one of the wings. We think it very unlikely that Sam would ever start them both up front as strikers.
Oba Martins was backing the Premier League’s Creating Chances program to highlight the charity and community work done by footballers. On Friday Oba was out as part of the Creating Chances program by doing good work for charity supporting Meningitis UK by packing shoppers’ bags at ASDA in Gateshead’s Metro Center. This helped raise money for the charity’s “Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign” campaign.
We think thatâ€™s just great that footballers do this and itâ€™s good to see Oba working well for charities. He mustnâ€™t have been too good at the packing he added:
“My brothers and my mum often do my food shopping so bag packing is difficult for me!”
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