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 heâ€™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 heâ€™s been here since August, 2005 heâ€™s appeared for Newcastle United just 25 times. That just doesnâ€™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:
â€œOba could have had a hat-trick against Arsenal in the Carling Cup.â€
â€œEveryoneâ€™s frightened of pace, and weâ€™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.
â€œItâ€™s like Saturday against Blackburn â€“ we failed to kill the opposition off and paid the price.â€ â€œAgainst Arsenal, if you get the chance to score, you must score. They will punish you if you donâ€™t.â€
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.