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:
â€œHe did a lot for Newcastle and all the fans love him.â€ â€œThatâ€™s why they brought him back here.â€
â€œThey call him the king, so I think itâ€™s very good.â€
â€œItâ€™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.â€
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:
â€œIâ€™m sure everything will be OK. Letâ€™s wait and see.â€ â€œI think Kevin is very busy at the moment, but he had the doctor call me to see if Iâ€™m OK.â€
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:
â€œItâ€™s very disappointing.â€ â€œWe played very well in our last game with Ghana, but I donâ€™t really know what was going on.”
â€œI 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 â€“ and thatâ€™s why they got the goals and won.
â€œBut I will return to Newcastle now.â€ â€œEverything has changed. We have a new manager and heâ€™ll have changed a lot of things.â€
â€œI think itâ€™s not a problem for me to go back and focus on starting playing.â€
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.