More To Come From Martins at Newcastle

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 he’s been on Tyneside and has amassed 21 goals so far for the team. Since the lad just turned  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:

“I am scoring goals and I’m happy here.” “I would like to think I have helped the other African players too. They are getting used to life here.” “And they are smiling – which means they are settling in.”

“Maybe they won’t say it now, but I think they will all say they want to play here for four or five years.”

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. There’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 it’s the pure speed of the ball that beats the goalkeeper. We’ll never forget Oba’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 wasn’t easy when he first arrived on Tyneside as he continued:

“Of course it was hard when I first came to Newcastle, but that is normal.” “I got used to it and I think it will be the same for Habib, Abdoulaye and Geremi.”

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. 😀

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Nov 1, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    he is here to be a newcastle united legend… he simply didnt take or was offered the NO 9 jersey… i still remember the day when he was introduced to nufc in between a match, and i could really see the passion in him .. he was full of passion that day holdin his b&w scarf and holding tightly to his heart.. it was great… i would anytime pick the loyal martin’s over michael owen…

  • ToonNorway

    Nov 1, 2007 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Indian Toon, you hit the spot with that comment!
    I would rather see Martins than Owen, and I hate it every game when Sam subs him, like last weekend at Reading. Oba was great, he was really working for the team and winning balls, while Owen, especially in the second half, did nothing. At least not that I could see. Of course, we have two really great strikers that can turn a game in a second, and Oba is young and all that, but he never gets injured and he is the best striker we have at the moment. As good as any in the premiership i would say. And the fans responded by chanting his name, and Oba was thanking them as he went off. We really need a player like that!

    The goal against Spurs last season was an absolute peach, I remember it so well! Every time I see it I get goosebumps! and it is more to come from that man!

    I am just happy that Martins is happy in Toon, and hope we can keep him for many, many years! He is truly an asset!

    21 or 28? OBAFEMI MARTINS!!!!!! 🙂

  • SuperShearer

    Nov 1, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Now if we could just convince Oba to have that release clause taken out of his contract then he could get on with showing us what a great player he can be.

  • indian toon

    Nov 1, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #4

    21…. ED we want the poll’s section to be updated.. why not put it in the main page as in the officiak site…

  • craig futers

    Nov 1, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #5

    I like Martins and i do think there is alot more to come from him. But Indian Toon, how can you say you would pick Martins over Michael Owen anyday? ?? His finishing is awful at times and his positional sense is abysmal. Sometimes Martins looks like he has never played a match before in his life cos his team play/ball retention is shocking at times. Obviously he shown his strong points in some of his great goals and dont get me wrong, some of them have been worked/created brilliantly. Keep working and learnin Oba and it’ll all come together 😀

  • ToonKing

    Nov 1, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Martins as good of a lad he is will never become a Toon legend, he is simply not good enough.

    Where is he compared to other legends like Bobby Moncur, Terry McDermott, Peter Beardsley, Paul Gascoigne, David Ginola, Alan Shearer even Solano, he’s nowhere near those guys.

    The true legend will Owen, as soon as he starts banging those goals in.

  • indian toon

    Nov 1, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #7

    if u consider his work rate and everything else.. he’s superb.. he doesn rely too heavily on the service.. and has the potential and CAN change the match single handedly.. btw there are strong rumours that owen will be leaving for man city after this season…so we’ll hav only one small but pacy striker in oba and all other striker’s are big like viduka, smudge, carroll, ameobi,. so that really willl help martins and he’ll be a starter and fire some 20+ goals this season.. meanwhile he’s been scoring a goal every odd match which is a trademark of a world class striker so expect oba to strike against pompey…

  • indian toon

    Nov 1, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #8

    @ toon king.. sir, do player’s become legends overnight…!! oba is just 21. the lad wants to stay and play football here as long as he can and the fans love him… let’s get in a poll for him here and check out between him and owen.. lets see who get’s the nod..

  • ToonKing

    Nov 1, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #9

    indian toon: you honestly make me wonder, i presume u that since you are on this blog you have an internet 🙂 so use it. You honestly think Owen will leave us for City ???? O.O come on be serious. i’m not even gonna draw your attention to the fact that Owen stated a zillion times that he is commited to Newcastle.
    IMO the only team he will leave us for will be Everton sometime later in he’s career probably when he’s over 30.

    And no, players do not become legends overnight, but a future legend’s skill and ability is visible early on, and Oba does not show does ability’s.

    There is no reason for a poll, every sain person who has basic football knowledge will pick Owen.

  • indian toon

    Nov 1, 2007 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #10

    sir. yes i hav a broadband connection @ home and its connected 24 hrs.. btw u seem to be too sure of owen… are u a insider @ st jame’s park!?

  • ToonKing

    Nov 1, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #11

    No, i just read all the news and comments that appear here and other sites like SkySports and BBC. It’s pretty conclusive.

  • indian toon

    Nov 1, 2007 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #12

    k.. then u must check out sites like’s teamtalk, nu mad, icnewcastle, goal, ets.. good sites for the info.. btw isnt BBC the one source that sam does not want to give interviews to.. coz they framed him for allegedly taking bungs and all that..

  • ToonKing

    Nov 1, 2007 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #13

    The sites u mention are second rate they just pick up on other premier news sites and do with the info what they want. And icnewcastle is the home of Alan Oliver and we all know how many “true” things he writes.

  • indian toon

    Nov 1, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #14


  • aaron d

    Nov 1, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #15

    indian toon, Oba Martins is 23 not 21. he has the exact date of birth as myself 28/10/1984.

  • indian toon

    Nov 1, 2007 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #16

    pretty cool…

  • valle

    Nov 1, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #17

    U just love to start fires, huh Indian Toon?… Wtf is every single post in here turned to an attack on either Sam or one of our players?… So u think Oba is going to be a legend. Well he plays for NUFC, so great for u. But why do u need to slack of Owen in ur quest to promote Oba?

  • Jaypro

    Nov 1, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #18

    How could anyone choose Owen over Martins at this point in their careers?

    Owen has accomplished sweet FA for the Toon and is on the downward slope of his playing career. While Martins is a up and coming 21 year old player with world class talent and unlike any other striker on the clubs books has scored goals and remained health.

    BSA is building a foundation and Martins is a cornerstone. Owen if he can stay injury free for the next couple of year may continue to be fairly productive but not someone you would build a clubs future around imo.

  • yemozone

    Nov 1, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #19

    FOR GOD’s SAKE, owen hasn’t done anything to be legend in nufc.The performance so far from the two season owen has spent and the 1 season martins as spent ,martins has been the better player.

    Imagine where the club would have been without martins last season?????
    i’m sure he’s going to be a legend, just given the amount of seasons shearer used on the club b/4 u judge him.

    Mind u ,owen was a legend in liverpool doesn’t necessarily mean he’s goin to be a legend in newcastle.

  • AdamJD2

    Nov 1, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Oba is DEFINITELY talented enough to become a legend. Just turning 23 he has proven to have the athleticism, work rate, pace, ball strking ability and goal scoring ability. Once he better learns positioning, runs, and combining with players he’ll coninually improve and prove himself…..especially with Owen to learn from. If Owen is a true legend, Oba’s learning capabilities are endless.

  • valle

    Nov 1, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Oba IS a good player, but we’ll just have to see about the legend stuff… Scoring 10 goals a season and going AWOL isnt exactly the makings of a legend, but being 23 he has time on his side and, who knows… Owen isnt a legend in Newcastle yet, we can agree to that. But he is a legend in the game and will very likely go on and become Englands greatest goalscorer ever. He is only 27 however, and with the skill he’s already got he can very likely be a Newcastle legend if he stays injury free.

  • Hammy

    Nov 1, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #22

    yemozone, correct…….. Owen was a Liverpool legend….he’s done nowt at the toon to deserve a place in the starting line up never mind be a Toon “legend,”
    as great a player as he was/is I haven’t seen much to warrant his 110k a week.
    Shearer had some career threatening injuries….and anybody to say he was the same player when he returned is lying…..
    Shearer’s difference to Owen though while he was slower, he could still put himself about, finish with either foot, cross a ball, head a ball, be in the right place etc…not to mention the countless free kicks he won when backing into defenders……
    When you blunt Owen’s pace IMO he doesn’t have that much going for him.

    Sure, Oba’s finishing can be woeful…but he has desire and work rate as well as a bit of pace,

    a combination of Owen/Martins would be some player.

    BTW anybody see Eduardo for the Gooners last night? and he’s the reserve striker FFS!!! CLASS……… ACT

  • Hadrian

    Nov 1, 2007 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Oba would start for me over owen in anyside …. thats not built around getting the ball to owens feet . and why should we set up the squad and tactics to play to one guys strengths . are we saying only micheal owen can score those goals from 5 yards ? or only micheal owen is smart enough to put himself in a position to score ?
    owen looks great when the team does , team plays bad owen looks shite , and yet oba’s still always got a chance of pulling a long ball down , or a 40 yard run and rounding the keeper or a cracker into the top corner from 30 yards . owen cant do any of these anymore .

  • indian toon

    Nov 1, 2007 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #24

    just saw a program on espn about darting competition at st jame’s . it was like SAM THE DUDLEY DESTROYER,’ JAMES THE MACHINE GUN AND STEVE THE HITMAN HARPER…it was hillarious.. steve and sam were hopeless.. but james was stunning scoring 100 three times and giving some fight for last years world championship finalist… and yeah he’s the dart champion at the nufc player’s championship… geez , the dressing room is a pretty fun place under the dudley destroyer

  • indian toon

    Nov 1, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #25

    seems owen is finally out favoured by martins…

  • valle

    Nov 1, 2007 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Some of u ppl just make me want to scream (Yes im looking at you Indian Toon!!!)… FFS this is not a popularity contest, they are both playing for NUFC so how bout we just support our players. If u have any sense, u will realize that even tho u like Oba better, Owen is properly going to be first choice alongside a fit Dukes and all this Oba in, Owen out isnt exactly the support our preferred strike combo would need… And a question: Would u start booing because u wanted Oba if Owen and Dukes start and dont score?

  • indian toon

    Nov 1, 2007 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #27

    YES . am one of the boo boy’s booing when oba is switched or not given a start…
    let’s see after the pompey game… i’ll shut my f**k up on owen if he score’s.. its as simple as that…

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 1, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #28

    aaron D – you’re so right – he just turned 23. I’ll update the piece.

  • Hadji

    Nov 1, 2007 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #29

    The way i see it its all about propaganda.Some of the fans here believe in things which they want to believe.
    I don’t give a flying f..k about Owen’s past in Liverpool and Real Madrid,what i care is about the present situation in Newcastle.
    You put on the same scale Owen and Martins for their performance over the last 2 seasons you’ll definetly find the correct answer of who’s done more for Newcastle.
    Owen is ”England favorite son” and Martins is just some guy from Nigeria.
    I would play Martins any given time over Owen if i have to choose one of them.But i hope Michael stays here for the next 3 years and form the lethal partnership with Oba.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 1, 2007 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #30

    ffs indian toon i would so like to break your face, but sadly i can’t ………………….as i said before every man with a sain mind and basic football knowledge will pick Owen ahead of Martins ………………..and these comments prove just that.

  • valle

    Nov 1, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #31

    Then ur support (or rather lack of) is damaging to the club… For u is not enough that we win, its not enough that we are moving forwards. You want to see ur favorites or u will start boo’ing and thereby affecting team morale along with all the other boo boys over something as silly as team selection. You want “arsenal style” football even tho our new manager and players arent even halfway through their first ever season. You want to chose who plays, you want to chose how they play, you want, you want, you want… You Sir, are a disgrace to our great club!!!

  • AdamJD2

    Nov 1, 2007 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Oba vs Owen is definitely a heated battle. All and all its a good problem to have. But based on current performance, Oba deserves the start over Owen…no question. He needs the opportunity to show the fans and team he has what it takes. Owen had his chances but his chances were wasted because he did not take the proper responsibility to get himself fit. It blows my mind we spent that much money on Owen and he can’t get himself fit after years of injury problems. Owen’s chances to prove himself should be coming off the bench until Oba proves weaker.

  • valle

    Nov 1, 2007 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #33

    AdamJD2… At last an intelligent view on the matter, i agree that its a very good problem to have and one we should be glad of, even tho we dont agree about who should start. U said that Owen had his chances… Well, i say that the injuries are a problem but they are not self inflicted and whenever he has been on the field, he has taken the chance and scored to boot. Oba on the other hand is a player i love to have in our team, but his lack of skill in 1 on 1’s and his lack of first touch, is simply to bad, and imo his pace and power just isnt enough to make up for that. Owen dosnt have oba’s pace and power, but what he does have, more than makes up for that. His intelligent runs and precise shots, as well as his ability to spot a pass and bring the wings in is absolute class imo.

  • Leo

    Nov 1, 2007 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #34

    neither are likely to become a legend of the club, oba has the best chance of this though.

  • valle

    Nov 1, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Leo… True, legend is a word that shouldnt be used lightly.


    Nov 1, 2007 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #36

    All of you blokes that say you Love Newcastle United, need to remember, Oba and Owen are on the same side. Point-NMO(newcastle’s michael owen) is the more exprienced and NOM(newcastle’s obafemi martins) is the future, so, having said that, shouldn’t Micheal be complimenting Oba and viceversa. We need to play these lads together always, to show the world Newcastle have the top 2 strikers. They will both knock in plenty of goals and then and only then all of your comments can be warranted. You don’t know me but I Love my Newcastle with all my life and it really is ridiculous to read your blogs separating Michael and Oba. ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND- NEWCASTLE’S FUTURE.

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 1, 2007 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Moomfan – think you’re right – I’m glad we have both of them at the club – they will both do a good job for us this season – look at the Wigan win when Oba provided that great ball for Michael to head in. 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 1, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #38

    indian toon – i’ve thought of that before – will take a look at it – thanks.


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