Newcastle Need Goals From Oba Martins

Oba Martins has returned from Ghana, and seems very keen to play for King Kevin at Newcastle, now that the Nigerian seems to be getting fit following his ankle injury.


Oba Martins – looking forward to playing for Keegan

Martins talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle earlier today, about new manager Kevin Keegan:

“He did a lot for Newcastle and all the fans love him.” “That’s why they brought him back here.”

“They call him the king, so I think it’s very good.”

“It’s very good for him as well, and the players are going to try to play for him and try our best just to make him proud.”

Martins returned last week from Ghana with an ankle injury, which is why he missed last Saturday’s disaster at Aston Villa, when we were soundly beaten 4-1 by the Birmingham based side.

Oba talked about his ankle injury:

“I’m sure everything will be OK. Let’s wait and see.” “I think Kevin is very busy at the moment, but he had the doctor call me to see if I’m OK.”

Nigeria did not play well in the African Cup of Nations and even though they were Africa’s top rated side they didn’t make it past the quarter finals stages as hosts Ghana defeated them 2-1.

Oba talked about Nigeria’s performance:

“It’s very disappointing.” “We played very well in our last game with Ghana, but I don’t really know what was going on.”

“I think what was wrong with us was about 10 minutes before the end of the game we relaxed a little bit and Ghana took their chances – and that’s why they got the goals and won.

“But I will return to Newcastle now.” “Everything has changed. We have a new manager and he’ll have changed a lot of things.”

“I think it’s not a problem for me to go back and focus on starting playing.”

Oba is still top scorer at Newcastle with 7 goals, even though he has been away in Ghana since early January. Michael Owen is closing on him with 6 total goals this season. We have to hope that Kevin can get the best out of Martins and use his speed in attack.

We need points on the board, and we’ll have to rely on both Martins and Owen to get us some goals, which have been in short supply recently. In our last 8 league games we’ve only managed 3 goals and only 29 goals in our 26 league games so far this season. Two of those goals in the last 8 games have come from Michael Owen, who hopefully is showing some good goal-scoring form right now.

We also need that from Martins if we are to stay above the relegation fray, which we are perilously close to right now.

Comments welcome.

65 comments so far

  • Nicky Butt is crap!

    Feb 13, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #1

    he is important, but he must show more consistancy… he’s always one for missing sitters but then will pull something magic out the hat.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 13, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #2

    ‘Newcastle Need Goals From Oba Martins’ – Obviously, hes a striker, but…..

    Newcastle need more goals from fkin golden boy Micky fkin Owen that stupid overpaid mug, 17 mil what a fkin joke.

  • Nicky Butt is crap!

    Feb 13, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #3

    im suprised owen seems to be more behind us now then ever. we are in a relegation battle and he isnt linked with wanting a move away. any one else shocked? lol. he probably know no one with half a brain would take him with his injury record.

  • daiv

    Feb 13, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #4

    None of the top teams want Owen because of his injury record and being on the slowish side nowadays.
    Nobody misses more sitters than Oba. Andy Cole was a world beater in comparison.
    Anbody who can score a goal or even have a shot is welcome at the moment.
    Still, there is always the bartender or stroller to fall back on.

  • Robert from Serbia

    Feb 13, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Owen and Martins in attack….N’Zogbia,Emre,Barton and Milner in the middle,and Enrique,Faye,Taylor,Beye in defence…the winning team !!

  • Jon

    Feb 13, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Martins misses many chances but he creates a lot of chances and he always gets a lot of chances and that’s interesting. Martins has a great work rate. Owen hardly gets a chance a whole match.

  • Leo*

    Feb 13, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #7

    damn someone beat me to nicky butt is crap as a name. lol. i guess i will have to think of something else to change my name too.

  • Leo*

    Feb 13, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #8

    obafemi is bound to score goals if him and owen can form a partnership and play ‘for eachother and for the team’ bit like rooney and tevez. always checking if someone is in a better position

  • iraqi_geordie

    Feb 13, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Is he fit for manur game ?

  • Robert from Serbia

    Feb 13, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Leo- maybe Alan Smith sucks ?:D

  • Leo*

    Feb 13, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #11

    i might change my name to

    i want to run nicky butt over

  • Murvar

    Feb 13, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #12

    I can’t believe that people regard Oba so highly. He’s crap. He can’t control the ball, he goes absent for whole periods of games and he fails to see other players in better positions. If he has time to think, he cocks it up. He does produce the odd moment of magic but on the whole he misses more chances than that most overrated of our past strikers, so-called SuperMac.

  • Toon for life.

    Feb 13, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #13

    I have my Faith in the little lad. Howay Oba.

  • Toon for life.

    Feb 13, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #14

    I think Martins and Owen will work mine together

  • obafemimartins

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #15

    robert from serbia

    winning teams normally have goalkeepers!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chicken

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Tom_Toon – It makes me laugh that you use the words “overpaid” and “mug” in the same sentence. Surely a contradiction in terms, no?
    Calm yourself down lad – go and pull your plonker to a chickawawaa vid on you tube or something.

  • Robert from Serbia

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #17

    heh,with that team,we dont need goalkeepers xD

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Hes a mug AND hes overpaid, no contradiction. Shut the fk up or ill skin you mate 😉

  • ToonUSA

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #19

    have you guys seen pictures and mini video on the official site of the match played between the lads at SJP with KK in the middle giving nstructions….Well it just kind of reminded me of how KK has not had tme to really work with them. I hope he can stir some magic cause i can pick 10 diffrent combination of teams but at the end of the day they need to know how to play with each other. And its what KK has been saying in his interviews it just kind of hit home when i saw those pics.

    I say we are going to give to the MANURE


  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #20

    ToonUSA, are you romanian?

  • ToonUSA

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #21

    No why?

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #22

    I went onto bigsoccer on a romanian thread and you were on there so many times 🙂

  • ToonUSA

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #23

    no man someone has copied my name……..shit i guess they didn’t see the copyright sign next to my name

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #24

    oooh, they had a pic or KK aswell 😉

    They sounded a bit like you aswell, strange eh?

  • GP

    Feb 13, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Murvar – Yes, SuperMac was so crap he played for Arsenal too. F***king shite, that lad.

    Oh, and you’re wrong about oba too. He got 17 goals in 44 games last season, which may not sound like much but I think that’s very good for a striker who’s adapting to english football AND who’s in a subpar team.

  • Leo*

    Feb 13, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #26

    just realised something, if you renew your ip address you can vote as much as you want lol

  • Leo*

    Feb 13, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #27

    not going to bother though because beye has won it quite convincingly and he was my choice also

  • m. stockley

    Feb 13, 2008 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #28

    yeah sorry leo, its a nickname that is funny and true… how about…. stephen carr’s man tits or alan smith for scunhorpe???

  • Beardsley's Love Child

    Feb 14, 2008 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #29

    Thats not the ToonUSA from BigSoccer. This guy’s not surly enough…

  • There’s only one United

    Feb 14, 2008 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #30

    Name change

  • Len

    Feb 14, 2008 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #31

    Martins creates a lot of chances. If he becomes more clinical he will be 30 a season. I think that is mostly down to experience and lack of regular games, he tries too hard to make sure, because the crowd get on his back every time he misses.

  • nufctj

    Feb 14, 2008 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #32

    We need Oba to score in the short term, that is certain, but in the long term I think he is out. KK does not like strikers who need 10 chances per goal. Remember Andy Cole?

  • ende

    Feb 14, 2008 at 4:23 AM

    Comment #33

    I want that jersey.

  • Hadji

    Feb 14, 2008 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #34

    I have a feeling that Alan Smith’s gonna score against his own club this time.My team would be
    Come on Toon lets beat those cun*s.

  • Graham

    Feb 14, 2008 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #35

    We need to play Martins in his right position before we can expect more than a goal or 2 from him. And we also need to provide both him and Owen with decent goalscoring chances to get us out of the mess we find ourselves in.

    Play Oba up front instead of out wide right and he will get the goals we need.

    I have already pointed out on here that he scored 17 prem league goals last season in a poor team – but he was playing in his correct position. Put him there again and the goals will come.

  • Quazi

    Feb 14, 2008 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #36

    murvar. at least he’s betta than u. anyway who could ever forget his goal against spurs at WHL last season?

  • Quazi

    Feb 14, 2008 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #37

    Hadji. does that mean that Given IS injured???

  • subz

    Feb 14, 2008 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #38

    How man hadji, we wouldn’t even beat them with the 12 players you have in the team….PLUM!!!

  • Quazi

    Feb 14, 2008 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #39

    i guess he didn’t pay attention in maths

  • Bobby Ollox

    Feb 14, 2008 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #40

    I think hadji may have a point though

    —————Given —-Harper ———————
    –Carr-Beye- Taylor-Cacapa- Enrique-Zog—–
    -Milner -Butt-Taylor-Barton-Emre -Duff——-
    ———Viduka -Smith-Owen-Martins————

    Still looks a bit weak at the back though…..
    … and in midfield….
    ..and up front.


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