Oba Martins returns to White Hart lane on Sunday with the memory of his terrific goal he scored during a 3-2 win for the Magpies back in January 2007, still bright for everybody who witnessed the 84 mph cannonball strike.
Martins – watch out – Oba’s just scored again
News keeps coming out from the gossip press that Oba will be leaving Newcastle in the summer and he’s often linked with Arsenal.
Oba spoke about this to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œI was shocked to hear I was leaving again.â€ â€œMy adviser called me last Sunday and he saw the news.â€ â€œI never said such things.â€ â€œWhat people must understand is I love the fans at Newcastle, I want to continue here.â€
â€œSometimes some fans say I am a legend to me, and I always say, no, no â€“ Alan Shearer is a legend.â€ â€œIâ€™m not a legend yet! There is hard work to do before people can rightfully say that.â€
â€œThere are no problems for me at Newcastle, my family are here with me and I want to stay.â€
Martins has yet to score for Newcastle and Kevin Keegan since returning from Nigerian duty at the African Cup of Nations and his last goal was on December 8 against Birmingham. So the good news is that we are due a goal from Oba shortly, and maybe at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Oba continued about that goal he scored when last at Spurs:
â€œItâ€™s in the past although it was a great goal for me.â€ â€œI want to focus on scoring another one like it, I want to score more beautiful goals like that.â€â€œWeâ€™ll see if it comes. It was certainly my best goal â€“ itâ€™s the one I like most.â€ â€œThe fans as well like it too, and they always like to tell me about it.â€
â€œWeâ€™re all overjoyed by those three points because it was the first victory since December. Now though we have to continue winning.” “We all have to focus on winning and nothing else to get away from the relegation zone.â€ â€œI think itâ€™s because we are now playing as a team and everything is going so well right now.â€
â€œEverybody is doing what they are supposed to be doing for the whole game.â€ â€œTottenham is very important for us. As a striker if you donâ€™t score you work hard and give more than 120% in training and on the field.â€ â€œThatâ€™s how football works. Iâ€™m not upset if I donâ€™t score and the team wins and Iâ€™ve worked hard.
â€œYes, I do try to score goals in every game but winning and hard work is first.â€ â€œTottenham have quality players and have done well this season.â€ â€œWe need to play like we have for the last two games.â€ â€œIf we do that we will win.â€
And Oba again reiterated there are no problems between him and Keven after being annoyed at being brought off against Birmingham Oba said:
â€œItâ€™s not because I was angry with the manager â€“ not at all. Itâ€™s just because I wanted to win, I was a little disappointed.â€â€œAt that time we needed three points at Birmingham.â€
â€œIt was better the last time I got substituted and the fans were happy with my performance.â€
We noticed on Saturday when he was again replaced by N’Zogbia Oba had a little smile on his face when embraced by Kevin.
There’s no doubt about it that Oba’s a good lad, and it’s not hard to see why the Geordie fans have taken him fully to their hearts.