Martins Much Better Bet Than Owen

Obafemi Martins has been under-utilized this season, otherwise he would probably have had more than the 6 goals he has scored so far this term.

Oba is a good goalscorer who will get a lot better as he gains the necessary experience both in the Premier league and in International football with Nigeria.


Oba Martins – his speed terrorizes Premiership defenders

Oba is starting in the team now, because Michael Owen is injured, and it seems to us like Big Sam prefers Michael to Oba, when he’s fit.

While that may be OK for the season, we think Newcastle will have to decide shortly whether Michael is worth all the money we pay him. He has scored just 3 times this season and is out injured more often than not. Based on his performances since he’s been here since August, 2005 he’s appeared for Newcastle United just 25 times. That just doesn’t justify the huge wages we pay the boy. Yes, we know it’s not his fault, but those are the facts of the situation, and we all know football is now big business.

Oba will have another chance tonight to impress Arsene Wenger, who is a big fan of Martins, and there were even rumors in the summer that Arsenal may be after him, but Oba said he was very happy at Newcastle, and was keen to stay.

Manager Allardyce talked to the Evening Chronicle today about Oba:

“Oba could have had a hat-trick against Arsenal in the Carling Cup.”

“Everyone’s frightened of pace, and we’ve got to use that pace to its maximum. If we can get as many clear-cut opportunities as we did against Arsenal in the Carling Cup, we have to make sure we take them.

“It’s like Saturday against Blackburn – we failed to kill the opposition off and paid the price.” “Against Arsenal, if you get the chance to score, you must score. They will punish you if you don’t.”

Oba is very popular at the club, and he looked dangerous, especially in the second half against Blackburn Rovers, and their tall defenders. As Sam says, with any luck Oba could have had 3 on Saturday. He will have a good chance tonight to add to his goals tally, and he will as usual get a great reception form the fans.

We only have one thing to say to the boy – Go for it , Oba.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 5, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    If Oba gets the service he would be banging goals in but he doesn’t have the height to deal with long balls being blasted in the sky.

    I would prefer Martins to start and get rid of owen I am sure Sven would snap him up.

    We need players to get their shirt sleeves rolled up and fight with the current position we are in..and owen just has not got that fighting edge week in week out.

  • Nathan

    Dec 5, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Oba can be a very frustrating player to watch, outside his goalscoring ability and pace, he has very little else to shout about, because of this he nees the kind of backing he would get in a team like Arsenal. He needs proper passes along the floor to get him into a dangerous position. When we first signed Oba I imagined him beating the offside trap with through balls and slotting them home, this really hasn;t happeened for him and he’s been forced to deal with long balls coming up to him and having to do everything himself. this works sometimes but you have to think we could get so much more from him if we played to his advantages, rather than hoping he can cope what he gets currently.

    I think Martins will be relatively quiet tonight as I really think Sam will employ his ‘bullying’ tactics that we saw Bolton employ against Arsenal over the years and this really doesn’t suit Oba at all.

    I hate to say this but I thin k he is wasted at Newcastle, if he was at one of the Big 4 he’d be absolutely on fire.

  • adaaaam

    Dec 5, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #3

    spot on. mickey-o might be a goalscorer but oba has some of that instinct in him as well but along with a lot more about him, he terrifies defences and has the ability to play lots of ways and score and create lots of different types of goals whereas MO is fairly 1 dimensional.
    go on oba son!

  • indian toon

    Dec 5, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #4

    yes finally everyone agrees that mo is past is best and martins is the future.. could improve his finishing though.

  • Bill F

    Dec 5, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed you certainly know how to stir things up!!!

  • iain

    Dec 5, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #6

    i know oba gets stick for poor first touch etc.

    but i think thats more down to confidence and our style not getting the best out of him. sometimes hes playing with his back to goal as a target man ffs.

    for 10m quid imo hes been a bargain.

    he might not be the most clinical finisher but at best he getting one good ball played in behind per game.

    frankly we would be well f*&**ked without him.

  • Southside Jordy

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Oba is a great player and has such speed!
    We should be using through balls along the ground for him to latch on to not whipping the ball in the air as he is only 5′ f-all and we are just wasting time and energy doing so. He has power and can out run any defence when given the chance! Barton, Emre, Milner and Zog need to start using the pitch rather then the sky!!!

  • daveyboy

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Why not just keep them both?

    I agree with most of the comments above that have been made but I would much prefer to stick with mo over ameobi or carroll and I think he we more important areas to strengthen other than up front in january so let’s just keep them both?

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #9

    sell owen and brng in luis garcia who we have been linked with lot lately he is absolutely immense!

  • chuck

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Sell Owen for whatever the club can get (dump a hundred grand a week in wages) Buy Anelka pair him with martins and you have a combination as good as their is in the prem. division. No more thirty plus has beens please(edmilsen etc.) lets start building from young talented players ala MO`N. at Villa.
    Unfortunately thats not going to happen as long as Sams in charge, Hiddink is available?

  • Leo

    Dec 5, 2007 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #11

    luis garcia… the ex liverpool guy???

    martins is getting better, i still think he lacks the experience to know when to get his runs started to utilise his pace to the maximum, once he has that, he will be unstopable

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 5, 2007 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #12

    no luis garcia of espanyol: luis garcia fernandez

  • Mike

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #13

    You know what I find really funny, I’m sure everyone wasn’t saying Michael Owen was rubbish or past his prime when he was putting in all those goals for England and Newcastle at the beginning of the season.

    To me I don’t think you can claim either player to be far superior to the other because our system we play basically strangles the skill out of both of them.

  • Craig Allen

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #14

    yeah .. who needs a tall striker when you can have this :,,10278~3487204,00.gif

  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #15

    The only thing Oba is better at is staying fit. Ask any manager in the world if they rather have a fully fit Michael Owen in the team or a fully fit Obafemi Martins and I reckon more than 90% would pick MO.
    Trouble is MO is rarely fully fit, and therein lies the problem.

  • johnr

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Sorry Guys, there is no comparison between the two. Owen outclassess Martins with his link play, is as good in the air, his positional sense and timing of runs is better, and, he invariably gets his shots on target. We have seen plenty of top saves from Owen this season, despite his few appearances. Read between big Sams lines and hes calling him a poor finisher. Its great that we have Martins as cover, but he aint the finished article. We have been very unlucky not to have MO available. The story would have been different otherwise. He will be Englands greatest ever goal scorer one day, and banging them for some other Premier team after you lot have hounded him out.

  • Bosck

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Toon Chicken – i think thats the point. i like michael owen but he is never fit. so in the basic most blunt of terms he is not doing what he is paid for so i’ll turn the question back on you removing the fully fit bit.

    Ask most managers in the world if they would rather have Michael Owen in their squad or Obefemi Martins, and i think most would say Martins as he’ll be fit for most of the season rather than little bits here and there.

  • Toon Chicken

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Touche Bosck!

    That, of course, would throw up a whole different set of answers.

    But the thread is called “Martins much better than Owen”.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #19

    anyway in jan we only really need 2 players:

    Young DM – Maurice Edu
    Playmker/Right Winger – Thomas Kahlenberg

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Actually ‘Martins Much Better Bet Than Owen’, so agree with Bosck.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 5, 2007 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #21

    some neat little flicks by oba in the blackburn game , if you check out some of his inter matches he showed alot of flair there aswell.
    the lad just needs a good run of games and some good service .
    long ball’s not half as badto watch when you see young oba pull the ball out of the air and knock it past the keeper .

  • Bosck

    Dec 5, 2007 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #22

    yeah fair call. i’ll give you that one….

    ed, can you change the name of the article please?!!!!

  • Bosck

    Dec 5, 2007 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #23

    ah no just read it again and then tom toons post so ignore my last post!!!! om is a better “bet” than mo!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 5, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #24

    where can i watch the game on the net!?!

  • valle

    Dec 5, 2007 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Martins needs to keep improving his touch and passing ability so that he plays like he did at Blackburn all the time befoe he can be considered better than Owen. We cant afford to give posession away all the time because of something as basic as touch…

  • azza jones

    Dec 6, 2007 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #26

    I would take Martins over Owen any day of the week and twice on a sunday purely on the fact the little Mr Glass is always broken….

    I agree he has an excellent football brain, his greatest assest is his pace and he doesnt have that anymore….

    I think we should sell him in January if we can get the right man to replace him, Gudjonssen, Arshavin, or whoever else, someone who stays fit and can do a job for the team!


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