Kevin Keegan has been talking to Newcastle World TV about one of our favorite players at Newcastle United – Nigerian Oba Martins, and it’s very interesting what Kevin says – very interesting indeed.
Oba Martins – a one-off in World Football – looks like it 😀
Kevin thinks that Newcastle striker Oba Martins is a “one-off” in world football. The unique striker scored 17 times in his first season at the club, and he currently has just 7 goals this season, tying Michael Owen for the highest scorer at the club.
But Oba’s has scored some spectacular goals, and you just never know when to expect an explosive shot from the young lad. Oba is also so honest about things, it’s refreshing.
Two examples of his explosiveness were his wonder goal at Tottenham last year. The shot, from all of 30 yards with his left foot, was clocked at 84 mph and gave Paul Robinson no chance to even move too much.
Recently Oba hit a rocket that nearly broke the cross-bar at Liverpool from 40 yards and didn’t it look like Reina was trying to get out of the way of it, but with so little time. 😀
Oba is of course a big fans’ favorite at Newcastle and is likely to get a great welcome on Saturday, following his wonderful second half display last Monday. In our poll of who was the best player last Monday, Oba got 60% of the vote and Michael was second with 13%, after 686 votes.
Martins finally started his first game under Kevin last Monday and as we all know played a key role is helping the club to their first point in five outings. And he also was linking up so well with Owen in the second half. They scared the living daylights out of the Birmingham defense, who were rescued, unfortunately for Newcastle, by some great goalkeeping on the night from Maik Taylor. Taylor made great saves in the second half from both Michael and Oba.
Keegan believes Oba can be a great asset in Newcastle’s remaining 8 games this season.
“Oba is capable of doing spectacular things, he’s got pace and frightens people,” “He gives us something that we have not got and is a totally different player to anyone at the club and is almost a one-off in the world.
“He does things that excite you so much and can score fantastic goals and for a small guy has got a good leap.” “He played very well on Monday night and hopefully will continue like that for the rest of the season.”
We know Oba’s pleased with Keegan’s attacking style, which suits his style of play perfectly.
As you know we like Oba a lot, but we have to admit to a concern that he will not get enough playing time under Kevin. We hope we’re wrong there, but if it happens he may become disenchanted at the club.
There will without be a host of PL clubs lining up, if indeed Oba ever leaves Newcastle. Only recently there were reports that Tottenham would take him in a heartbeat.
However, the rumors we keep hearing are that Newcastle are trying to sign Oba to an improved long term contract, that will keep him on Tyneside for another 6 years. Hope so.
What do you think?
Comments very welcome.