There is news in the Daily Telegraph this morning that Newcastle may be willing to sell Oba Martins, if the right offer comes in. But Big Sam moved quickly today to say that story is just not true.
Oba Martins – his somersault a joy to watch – especially because he’s just scored 😀
There is more talk this morning that Big Sam would be willing to let Emre leave the club, and now the Daily Telegraph is even saying thatâ€™s the same for Oba Martins if Sam could get the right offer for the player.
Big Sam talked to the Evening Chronicle today about Martins and the interest from other clubs:
â€œWe have had no contact with Villa or City about Obafemi Martins, but I can tell them, and anybody else for that matter, he is not for sale.“
â€œIn any case, I donâ€™t know how anybody can be expecting to sign Martins when he is away in the African Cup of Nations until the start of next month.â€
We’re not completely sure that Sam is a great admirer of the Nigerian striker, but we can hardly rely on Michael Owen to be fit to play regularly in that position. Martins is a developing player and still has lots to learn. And while he hasnâ€™t been playing particularly well recently either, we think he can still do a good job for Newcastle, and heâ€™s going to be worth a lot more in the future, once he has developed more as a player.
Itâ€™s being reported that Sven Eriksson is interested in taking Oba to Manchester City, at the right price.
Martins is currently away on African Nations Cup duty and will most likely be away for at least a month and he has reportedly become a little frustrated at having to play wide out on the right in Samâ€™s 4-3-3 formation. That formation never seems to work, as far as we can tell. We really hope Sam would start playing to our strengths, which right now is our wingers, Nâ€™Zogbia, Duff and Milner. We need to play 4-4-2 to get the best out of these lads.
As well as Manchester City and Aston Villa, Portsmouth have also expressed an interest in the former Inter Milan forward. Just for the record, there is no longer any Â£13M release clause in Oba’s contract, we can assure you of that, whatever the gossip papers say.
A source close to Martins said:
“There is a lot of interest on Oba and he is not sure where he stands at Newcastle.”
But this situation has had the damper put on it this morning by Big Sam, we’re very happy to say that. We haven’t yet seen the best of Oba, but when he does catch fire, he’s such an exciting player to watch and can be a match-winner for us. Oh, and he’s also a great lad and loves playing for Newcastle and living in the City. That can’t be bad – another intelligent player at the club. 😀
That’s what we think about this. What do you think?
Comments very welcome.