Joe Kinnear expects Oba Martins to put some spark into the Newcastle United’s season, as he nears a return to action from his knee injury.
Oba Martins – ready to spark Newcastle’s season?
The Nigerian has been out since suffering a knee injury during last month’s Carling Cup defeat with Spurs, but he is now back in training, and could be on the bench for Monday night’s vital game with Manchester City at home.
Joe wants to see the fiery striker use his “electric legs” to energize the team, after Joe has been observing him in training, and obviously likes what he sees of Oba.
Kinnear told nufcTV from his manager’s office at the Benton training ground today:
“Oba’s like a firework,” “He’s got that fizz, he’s like a rocket and off he goes – electric legs if you like.”
“He’s very pacey and very direct and hungry to score goals and he’s a real asset to us,”
“He looks the type of player you would not enjoy playing against.”
Martins has scored 28 goals in 70 starts for Newcastle since his £10M transfer from Inter Milan in the summer of 2006. He is a very popular player on Tyneside and puts his heart and soul into his football.
With Owen maybe missing the game on Monday night, then if Martins is ready he may even start the game against City.
It’s such an important game for us, but that may be rushing things too much.
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