Sam Allardyce has talked this afternoon about his exciting Nigerian striker Oba Martins.
Sam is hoping Martins’ brilliant brace for Nigeria will increase the confidence of the Newcastle striker, going into Monday’s clash with Spurs.
Oba Martins – 2 cracking goals for Nigeria against Mexico
Martins’ first was a cracking left-foot volley from a narrow angle to put Nigeria ahead before doubling their advantage after the break with a well-taken right-footed finish from just inside the area.
Oba is an exciting player to watch who can explode with a shot from either foot at any time. His 2 goals for Nigeria against Mexico were superb. Hereâ€™s the video of the goals that we had in another article recently, if you havenâ€™t seen them yet.
Big Sam seems confident that Newcastle United will reap the rewards of these goals as Martins looks to add to his current tally of 4, during the game against Tottenham on Monday evening.
Sam talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today and said:
“It was great to see Oba score two goals in Mexico,” “Obviously the long trip to Central America was my main concern for him.â€
“He will be delighted to get two goals, but after trailing all of the way to Mexico and back I’m just glad he didn’t have a game in midweek and it was over by the weekend.â€
“Scoring two will give him a lot of confidence because he missed a couple in recent games.â€
“Hopefully it will help him to improve that area of his game and his ratio of chances and goals increases.â€
Not sure which small forward will start on Monday night, but probably Owen will start up front with Mark Viduka, who is fit again. Oba’s probably the in-form striker right now – those goals were just great.
And he’s learning all the time since that second goal was just like the one he missed after 3 minutes against Everton.Â But he put that one away beautifully for his country. Well done Oba – now for Monday night 😀