Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce seems confident that Michael Owen and Oba Martins can spearhead Newcastle United to victory against Tottenham on Monday night.
The two small strikers have never started together under Big Samâ€™s reign since Sam seems to prefer a big small partnership up front.
Michael Owen and Oba Martins – our Â£27M strike force can scare the life out of most defenses
But news today that Mark Viduka may not be ready for the game and Alan Smith suspended then Owen and Martins could well be our Â£27M strike force against Tottenham. Of course Big Sam admits that Newcastle will need to have a completely different game plan up front to play to the two playersâ€™ strengths.
This is what Sam said today about the possibility.
“They are two very talented players together and they are very good as individuals,” “It’s been difficult this season to find a partnership because we have had to change things around quite often.â€
“We will have to play slightly differently to make sure we play to their major strengths and that would mean playing balls in to feet and down the side.â€ “We can’t play too many balls up the middle to allow Spurs to head it straight back.”
“I don’t think they are similar players, they are only similar in size.” “Oba plays a completely different way to Michael. Michael likes to drop in the hole and work off the shoulder and Oba likes running with the ball at players.â€
“I’m confident they can work together but we’ll have to see how it goes on Monday.”
Well we know lots of Newcastle supporters have been wanting to see this combination work together. And Oba has already said in the past that when the two have played together up front in training, the two of them work well together. This may also work against the big men at the back for Tottenham. Certainly they will scare the life out of most defenses. Let’s hope they do that against Spurs come Monday.