Oba Martins is a popular footballer on Tyneside.
One reason for this is that he just loves both playing for Newcastle and also likes the city, and has moved his family over to live with him.
He has also scored some great goals during the short time heâ€™s been on Tyneside and has amassed 21 goals so far for the team. Since the lad just turnedÂ 23 on October 28th, the Newcastle fans know he will only get better.
Oba Martins – just loves playing for Newcastle United
Oba talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle yesterday:
â€œI am scoring goals and Iâ€™m happy here.â€ â€œI would like to think I have helped the other African players too. They are getting used to life here.â€ â€œAnd they are smiling â€“ which means they are settling in.â€
â€œMaybe they wonâ€™t say it now, but I think they will all say they want to play here for four or five years.â€
Oba was always very confident in his own ability and he seems to be able to rifle the ball in with tremendous speed from almost any position. Thereâ€™s nothing more exciting than when Oba gets the ball and shuffles for position before shooting. You can almost feel the anticipation coming from the crowd.
He can hit the ball with tremendous velocity and itâ€™s the pure speed of the ball that beats the goalkeeper. Weâ€™ll never forget Obaâ€™s strike against Tottenham last year, when he rifled in with his left foot high into the corner giving England goalkeeper Paul Robinson no chance. The goal came from nowhere, and it was a goal that left TV viewers breathless. What a goal.
For one so young, Oba has settled in so well in his new surroundings, but it wasnâ€™t easy when he first arrived on Tyneside as he continued:
â€œOf course it was hard when I first came to Newcastle, but that is normal.â€ â€œI got used to it and I think it will be the same for Habib, Abdoulaye and Geremi.â€
The other good thing about Oba is that he’s quickly become an excellent team player and seems to love playing for Big Sam. He’s also seems to have taken the competition with Michael Owen in his stride, and continues to perform well for the club, when he gets his chance. We just know there’s a lot more to come from Oba Martins at Newcastle. We cannot wait – and yes – you may have guessed it – he’s one of our favorite players at the club. 😀