Oba Not Happy Playing Second Fiddle at Newcastle

Obafemi Martins is said to be concerned about his future at Newcastle United.


Oba Martins – where does he stand with Kevin Keegan?

This news is reported by the News of the World today 🙁 and indicates that Oba has had talks over a new £90K/week contract at the club, but will not sign anything until he knows where he stands with new manager boss Kevin Keegan.

This is not a surprise to us at all, because we’ve discussed many times this season about where Oba will fit. It’s obvious Kevin will build his attack around his new captain Michael Owen. In fact, Oba was bought by Glenn Roeder for £10M to fill in for Michael while he was out for a year with his ACL injury.

Is there a place in the structure for another small striker? It’s also clear that Oba doesn’t just want to fill in for Michael, when he’s injured.

In realistic terms Martins, 23, is fed up playing second fiddle to Michael Owen.

That’s a concern we have right now too, and we don’t want Oba to leave the Tyneside club. But how many appearances he’ll get next season is debatable because we’ll be bringing in at least one top striker.

What do you think?

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