Worrying News On Newcastle’s Oba Martins

We’ve kept an eye on the Oba Martins affair this last week, and it now looks like Oba’s going to be out for up to eight weeks.


Oba Martins – showing the excitement of scoring for Newcastle United
The somersault comes next 😀

Martins was due to report for international duty with Nigeria last week but failed to turn up, but Oba said an ankle injury he had sustained was the reason for his non-appearance with the Nigerian squad.

Nigeria manager Shaibu Amodu explained the situation yesterday:

“Obafemi said he had a scan on his ankle and the doctors said he’d be out for eight weeks.”

This is not good news for Newcastle, but there’s still a good chance, with some good treatment during the summer, that it may not be as long as the full 8 weeks.

But the injury could rule Martins out of most of Newcastle’s pre-season preparations, and that would be unfortunate.

The problem we have is that Mark Viduka is also recovering from his Achilles tendon injury, and he may well not be ready for the start of the season.

But we do expect Newcastle to bring in at least one new top striker in the summer, and we still have Owen, Carroll and possibly Alan Smith (if he’s still at the club) who can play up front.

We would expect Kevin Keegan to keep with the 4-3-3 formation he used so well in the last 10 games of last season.

The formation worked like a treat and Kevin was able to utilize the talents of all of our top 3 strikers and goal-scorers – Viduka, Owen and Martins.

Martins will be a key player for Newcastle next season, there’s absolutely no doubt about that.

The boy has already shown under Keegan that defenses can be very unsettled by him, and they just don’t know what he’s going to do next.

And there’s nothing quite as exciting as when Oba runs full-tilt at the opposing defense, as he famously did at Tottenham last year (with Keegan shouting him on) and he set set up a great goal for Michael Owen.

That was just great to watch, as Newcastle took Tottenham apart 4-1 on their own ground ….. oh, the memories of that game. 😀

Martins is a one off, and don’t believe any transfer talk surrounding the boy, he’s going nowhere in the summer.

We love the lad.

Comments welcome.

56 comments so far

  • Ben_BKK

    Jun 1, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Just our luck… At least he won’t miss any actual premiership matches

  • JJ

    Jun 1, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #2

    My favourite player at the club. Reminds me of the good old days and always so exciting to watch. Anyone whos not a fan is not a fan of football.

  • JJ

    Jun 1, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Ps. Ben_BKK, congratulations on not writing “Wall virginity” like some of the other retards who frequent this blog.

  • daniel

    Jun 1, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #4

    yeh, that wall virginity thing is really irritating.

  • Leo

    Jun 1, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #5

    well some people believe he is just not playing 1 because he is not patriotic 2 because of the fact someone tried for his life last time he was in lagos 3 he doesnt like playing for his international side 4 he doesnt like the manager

    so he might not be injured

  • Tom4nufc

    Jun 1, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #6

    We all know this could be a made up story from Oba, as he doesnt tend to enjoy playing for his country that much, I just hope it is an excuse for an extended holiday and that he is back raring to go for pre-season.

  • Tom4nufc

    Jun 1, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Beat me to it Leo, but atleast someone else believes my theory 🙂

  • ToonKing

    Jun 1, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #8

    i agree with the conspiracy too 😀

  • Tom4nufc

    Jun 1, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #9

    🙂 Good to hear, when do you ever hear of a player who is loved, could easily get into their national team, but opts not to play, that “alleged” shooting in Lagos could be fantastic! Just stay at NUFC and we will love you for life OBA!!!

  • cooldj

    Jun 1, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #10

    hope he stays at the club and starts playing again soon. easily my fav player and many others fav too. and congrats to benBBK the whole wall virginity thing is so old and kinda random.

  • toonfan1

    Jun 1, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #11

    just luked on teamtalk.com and saw an article that would excite all of us toon fans! its says that mikel arteta is top of our shopping list and also swp could be on his way to the club in a cheeky bid! also he colocinni (or however u spell it!) may come to the toon but is of interest of barca and real madrid as well as man city. go on teamtalk.com to see the stories

  • Ian

    Jun 1, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Just think if he was injured, who would then run at the oppostion?

    Owen, Crouch or Carroll??

    Only Nzogbia, if he stays and Milner-worrying.

  • scott9

    Jun 1, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #13

    this cud be good news as no one will buy him cause he is injured

  • Chris F

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #14

    i bet there’s nowt wrong with him.

    nowt at all.

  • cooldj

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #15
  • Toonboy

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah hijack it kk,If we’re apparently are after the best young footballers in the world we must be sniffing about or wisey aint doing his job.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #17

    i’m not sure i’d want him cooldj, imo he is the most unsuited player for the premiership. he’s very fragile, he will be destroyed.

    but he’s talent is undoubted, reports in spain say that it’s bs and he’s staying at Barca, hope it’s true, don’t want them yids to get him.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #18

    But he isnt, hes all hype.

    Aye ToonKing, hes considered almost too weak for La Liga, he is going to get mullered in the prem.

  • nomis_jade

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Just a quick thought on all the news about us selling players. I think its a shame to see emre go, but only cos i like the lad. If he and Duff (and smith) go, overall i think its a good deal.

    It made be think, last year we sold dyer and parker. Both injury prone players, and both it must be said, similar to emre and duff respectively.
    And i thought, in actual fact, we ahvent missed those two particularly this year and neither have played much for west ham.

    It just goes to show that in another year we wont be missing duff or emre either, but we are gettgin these guys of our wage bill.

    So my oppinion is good decision MA.

  • Tom

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #20

    sorry but can someone tell me what “imo” means? thanks

  • Toon1978

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #21

    My opinion on MA at the moment is a negative one but i really do hope he changes my opinion by signing the likes of SWP,Crouch, Arda, Gomis, Shorey, and a top central defender. We can only hope obviously KK and MA would not let Duff , Smith and Emre go without bringing in someone better. We MUST be close to a few signings with letting these players go.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #22

    In my opinion.

  • Toon1978

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Dont know if u are taking the p.ss Tom lol but its


  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #24

    tom, in my opinion = imo

  • Toonboy

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #25

    What does “lmfao” mean 🙂

  • Marat18

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Lads, what does “lol” mean?

  • Marat18

    Jun 1, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #27

    BTW, who are KK and MA?

  • Marty

    Jun 1, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #28

    DONT BUY CROUCH,Bandy legged!!!!!!!
    We wouldn`t sell too many of those shirts,the only people they will fit is our BARE CHESTED Fat Boys that sing their hearts out n they dont want to be clothed in the first place 😉
    Don`t rate him that much,get some1 quicker n more powerful n some1 that don`t look like a powderpuff girl!!!!!!!!

  • Marty

    Jun 1, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Laugh out loud…
    Mike Ashley n King Kev
    Are you a geordie fan Marat18????????

  • ToonKing

    Jun 1, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #30

    lol = laughing out load , or something like that.

    i like rofl and lmao though 😀

  • cooldj

    Jun 1, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #31

    think dos santos could adapt his game. you don’t want too many small, weak players but IMO (lol) lennon has been a success. for 6 mill i think dos santos brings pace and skill. he’s not the complete article but he has got talent.

  • Charlie Bucket

    Jun 1, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Maybe we could sign a few players from Spurs.

    Dawson, Lennon and Zokora to do for starters

    Maybe Darren Bent and Chimbonda

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 1, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Charlie Bucket you always come on with these jkes, last time you qanted us to sign Danny Mills.


    Jun 1, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #34

    No thanks to the spurs players – dont want them and hate the idea of handing them money to invest in new players – likely to be a few of our targets!

  • JC

    Jun 1, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Off subject… but what is this collocini lad really like?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 1, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Considered one of the best defeders in spain.

    Very agressive and solid but can dribble and play DM aswell.

  • JC

    Jun 1, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #37

    BUT is he good enough to play in the prem. Or is he really that good, not that I’m doubting you tom toon but too many times have these great european centre backs (and players in general) have come to england and been a let down!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 1, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #38

    He’ll definitely suit the prem IMO. But you never know because you could find out they they have an attitude to not qant to play in the prem or not like it. He as the attributes though.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 1, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #39

    yep he does get many yellows but he can score quite a few goals from set pieces, if i recall correctly he had at least 3-4 goals this past season.

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 1, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #40

    Dos Santos is a skrawny little git.

    The unwashed, cockney, small club who think they are big, mongaloid, filthy poofs can have him 🙂


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