Oba Martins is only 23 years old, but he has been at the top for a few years now, and he has some good advice for youngsters coming through the ranks.
Oba Martins – this photo is one of our favorites and shows Oba’s passion
Martins worked his way through the ranks at Reggina from 2000-2001 as a boy, before moving to Inter Milan in 2001.
At Inter he played in Italy against the likes of Ronaldo, Christian Vieri, Hernan Crespo, Alvaro Recoba and Adriano in Serie A, one of the best leagues in the world.
Oba played 88 times for Inter and scored 28 goals from 2001-2006, before he moved to Newcastle. He’s appeared 64 times for Newcastle so far and scored 20 goals, and keeps getting better and better.
Oba thinks the young Newcastle strikers of the future can do a similar thing.
He talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
â€œI have played with a lot of people, but Christian Vieri and Alvaro Recoba were a big influence on my career.â€
â€œThey told me it sometimes isnâ€™t about listening to too many people, but to just play your own game on the pitch.â€
â€œThey said if I could do that I would make it in the future. That is what I did and they were right.â€
â€œI would say to any young players to try their best and keep believing in yourself.â€ â€œAnd if you work hard you will go far.â€
â€œWhen I was younger, I was playing with a football in the street in Lagos with my friends and the coach from my local team came over. He called me over and said â€˜Oba, we have a team for you.â€™â€
â€œI was told I was going to Europe. And I was like â€˜Yeah, OK.â€™” â€œThe next day I was on the plane to Reggina in Italy.â€
â€œI played there and then went to Inter Milan â€“ and the rest is history.â€
Oba has done amazingly well already in his career, and once Kevin arrived in January, there were signs that Oba will be doing even better at the club next season.
Keegan is an excellent coach, and will seemingly play to Oba’s strengths, which is to give him a free role and let him run at opposing defenses.
Oba is a real character, and it’s great to have him at Newcastle, and we’re not surprised other clubs would love to have him.
He’s become a very popular guy on Tyneside already, and he could be a key player for Newcastle over the next few seasons,.
We think Oba knows exactly that and is happy at the club. 😀