Keegan – Oba’s Attitude Is Absolutely Fantastic

Kevin Keegan has rightly praised Oba Martins today for his fantastic attitude.


Oba Martins – has a tremendous attitude

Oba flew into Mallorca yesterday, knowing that he could not play in the Mallorca Summer Cup, but that didn’t strop the lad from linking up with his colleagues, following the tragic death of his mother recently.

Oba has a slight knee injury and will not play over the weekend with tonight’s game with Hertha Berlin, and Sunday’s match with hosts Real Mallorca.

Keegan will likely play the striker in next Wednesday’s attractive friendly with PSV Eindhoven at St James’ Park – and Michale Owen could also be back for that game.

Keegan told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Oba will not play here because he’s had an injection in his knee.”

“He won’t play in these two games, but we still wanted him to come with us.”

” He can do some running, and there are some nice runs where we are.”

“We took the view that he and Shay Given, who has been injured, could come with us, because they’re very close now to coming back into full-time training.”

“It’s just time with Oba. He’s got to let this settle for four days. He can run on it, but he’ll miss the two games.”

Keegan told Oba to take as much time off as he needed when his mother was sadly killed, and put him under no pressure to return.

Kevin added:

“His attitude has been absolutely fantastic. He’s trained very, very hard, and he’s been very focused.”

“Obviously his training was interrupted by the tragic death of his mother, but he came back quickly, and went straight into training again.”

“I’m delighted with all the players, but not least those who could cut corners, but have not.”

This lad’s not only a great little player, but it’s little wonder the Newcastle fans just love him so much, even more so now, that he has lost his mother while he’s still just 23.

But he has a big family at Newcastle, and the fans will do all they can to help him through this terrible adversity – that’s an absolute certainty.
Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Does this mean we have to suffer and watch Shola and Smith mess up?

    Btw, Oba is a geordie!

  • Will

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m still gutted for him. Well done Oba

  • Martin

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed – did anything happen with regards to sending all those messages for Oba to the club?

  • GlenToon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #4

    C,mon Oba.

  • YellowBelly

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #5

    I feel that they are insulting our intelligence. The coaches are taking it in turns to praise a different player every day and they think we will get all excited, woooo!
    There is only thing that will get me excited this time of the year is new quality signings everything else is just PR bullsh1t.

    Ashley I think you need to spend your money and get a group of world class PR Directors to help pull the wool over our eyes. Of course to pay for their well deserved salaries you should reduce the squad size.

    p.s. nothing against Oba he is a star.

  • Wallsend Will

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Spot on Kevin. I’ve a feeling that Oba will be a sensation next season. Hope so any way. (Sod off Arsenal.)

  • ObaFan2

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #7

    What do you expect, Oba’s a Geordie after all 🙂

    Seriously, well done to him, diificult to imagine what’s going through his mind atm.

  • Martin

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Yellow Belly – chill out mate, be synacle by all means, but don’t be insulted by it…

    Keegan won’t have called a press conference to announce that Oba’s attitude is class – he’ll have had to a number of mandatory interviews (nufctv related and otherwise) and no-doubt, BECAUSE Oba coming back to the club so soon does demonstrate a great attitude, this is the type of question Keegan will have been asked to talk about!

    Also – the fan’s were going mental because there was literally NOTHING coming out of the club, about transfers, players or, well, anything…So at least they’re appeasing a few fan’s appetites for club news!

  • UTD111

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Are we sure Oba’s just 23 LOL

  • toonoot

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #10

    and what a star this lad is

  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #11

    @7 = ya fond fool!

  • YellowBelly

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #12


    Your right mate, just getting very frustrated. I need a good news fix.

  • bowburnmag

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #13

    YellowBelly – surely we shouldn’t attribute everything going at the club to a conspiracy?

  • antz

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #14

    i thought oba was 23/27 when we signed him? :S

  • Ross G

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #15

    On another note we have been linked to Lens LB Nadir Belhadj, 26, played for Lyon too. Look on youtube h looks a quality LB and would be available for about £3m. He isvery fast and strong. Composed, and as KK likes a very offensive style fullback. I hope we get him and Colo, and Inler.

  • Ian

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Is the picture recent? I hope he’s got his hair back to normal rather than that ridiculous style he had at the end of last season

  • Davies

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #17

    Love Oba. Top lad, whatever his age.

    Ross G – Keegan said there’s a signing coming in the next 24 hours and didn’t give a name. I expect to see us linked with every available footballer in Europe until the club announce the signing. It will probably be a player that hasn’t even been mentioned in the press.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Ross never judge a player off you tube..remember albert luque?

    His Youtube is amazing and he is not.

    I was just talking to a mate about this spin..wonder if Smith and Ameobi get some praise as Kegan has praised most of the squad in turns now.

    Players needed urgently Mr Cashley.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #19

    The signing will be Coloccini methinks as it fits in with the deadline on the deportivo website that it needs to be done today.

    There is loads of players we have been linked with that we should try and sign..more more more !

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #20

    P.S Oba is amazing..if we can get some creative stuff happening he will Rock this season !

  • Dondatta13

    Aug 1, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #21

    In a short space if time, Oba lost his mam, Keegan lost his nephew. I think this trip away will cement a very strong bond between the two people mentioned.

    I take my hat off to the pair ….

  • WesToon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Oba you LEGEND…our thoughts are still with you & your family mate!!! Howay the Lads

  • mesa

    Aug 1, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #23

    oba king

  • boater

    Aug 1, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #24

    It’s gonna be Arshavin! It’s gonna be Arshavin!
    I don’t care if you think I’m daft….

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 1, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Boater I will settle for money is on coloccini though !

  • Dips

    Aug 1, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #26

    I agree with Dondatta13, hats off to both of them for sure. Their attitudes are superb.

  • normski1930z

    Aug 1, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #27

    ill be honest jas if i were a betting man my money would go on no incomings in the next 24hrs…

  • Ross

    Aug 1, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #28

    boater-arshavin is pretty much a spurs player, its at the point where he’s agreed to join and the transfer will be completed within days according to his agent.
    normski-sadly i agree mate. i said if it was anyone it would be coloccini but i’m not even convinced we’ll be bringing anyone in. theres been a few times where transfers have been as good as done for us and its fallen through..or have they been as good as done, have we even put bids in, who knows. but im not confident about this window in general sadly.

  • normski1930z

    Aug 1, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #29

    i personally think transfers will happen when we least expect it ala spiderman just completely out the blue…

  • Ian

    Aug 1, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #30

    about time the club realises what the fans have noticed from the start, this is one of our best signings ever, well done Glen Roeder, Martins is a brilliant alround player and lifts the whole team and fans with his personality and attitude.

  • Matty

    Aug 1, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m completely convinced that there is no better player/person who could have taken over the number 9 shirt from Shearer. It was meant to be and we’re lucky to have such a fine person in Oba.

  • beye the great

    Aug 1, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #32

    completely agree with matty i am so glad owen didnt take it off shearer not that i have anything against owen but oba has been something else he realy has not only done a good job on the fied but shown tremendous attitude and commitment and in that respect he has to remind you even a little of big al

  • Ross G

    Aug 1, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Luque is not shit, he is just not suited to English, Dutch football. In Spain he was immense I used to watch him alot, so thats a poor statement. As for the youtube statement I never said the guy is class, but watching Youtube gives you an idea about how the player plays and certain strengths. Usually the more vids the better the player. He looks technically very good thats wot I was saying I didnt say he is clearly a top player as I have watched him for 3 minutes. We have been linked with him before, and considering LB is KK biggest priority dont rule it out. Chin Up

  • the black magpie

    Aug 1, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #34

    im really suprised that he has come back so early- i really didnt think he would make the Man U game- but as usual with Oba he excites the toon-

    it could be that we might see a very different Martins this season- in terms of maturity on the pitch- and being with King Kev right now will develop him as a person and a player

    comon Oba lets do it next season, for the toon for your mother

    i hope in the first home game we let oba know St James Park is his home

  • Bakerman

    Aug 1, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Oba is a true servant of this club. Ever since his arrival, he has always been the best asset of this club in every way. His attitute is remarkable and his ability as a player is excellent. Taking into account he’s still only 23 and only going to get better. He is the most important player to this club, and I pray that he spends his entire career with us!!!

  • Matty

    Aug 1, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #36

    I’ll agree Bakerman, I hope he’s here for the long haul.


    Aug 1, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #37

    oba should get the welcome of his life when he plays his first game back @ SJP

  • NUFCAl

    Aug 1, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #38

    Well done Oba mate, you could have taken as long as you’d wanted but you chose to come back and train with the lads. You’ve done all NUFC supporters proud and trust me mate we’re not like some fans out there – we don’t forget stuff like this in a hurry.

    Although I’ve never rated him as a player as much as some people do, I still love him because he’s a crackerjack. It takes some balls and character to do what he has done and come back so soon.

    Good luck for the new season Obafemi!

  • chuck

    Aug 1, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Have to agree with most posts giving a thumbs up to” 21 or 28 Oba. Martens” First heard the chant at the away W.Ham game last summer, funny !
    The guy`s been an example to all, as to how a pro. should act, gives 100%, hates being taken off, does`nt complain, we are lucky to have him.

  • Craignufc

    Aug 1, 2008 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #40

    brilliant player, brilliant attitude, if only all of our players were like him!


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