Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has told Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins to become more selfish as Oba tries to hit the goals trail again.
Oba Martins – after scoring a Newcastle United goal
Oba Martins has scored just one goal so far this campaign and since Michael Owen is out right now we need Oba and Shola to get the goals.
Shola has obliged with two in the last two games and we expect Oba to get on the scoring path fairly quickly.
Joe Kinnear said today:
“He is one of these lads who gets very frustrated with himself. He has got bags of ability, he just needs to get a few goals to kick start his season.”“The thing with Oba is his unpredictability. If you see him in training, he fashions something out of nothing and you think, ‘How did he do that?’.”
“He is that type of player. He is not a link-up player or a team player.” “The ball goes up to him and you think, ‘give it simple’, and he will back heel it, run round the other side of the player and then lash it into the top corner.
“You say, ‘Okay, that’s not too bad, don’t give it anymore, just keep doing that’.” “You just hope what he does on the pitch in training, he transforms into match days. That’s the key to it, doing what he does on the training pitch on match days.”
“I said to him, ‘If you can get used to isolating yourself one versus one on the last defender, don’t pass it to anyone’.” “The only trouble is, I think he fights himself at times. He gets narked within.”
“He is probably a bit hard on himself at times because of his standard. He questions himself, he is one of those players.” “He has one focus, and that is to stick the ball in the back of the net, we know that. We know we are not going to get the ball if he sniffs out that he is anywhere near the goal.”
“If he is any shooting distance, he shoots.”
Kevin Keegan had it right when he said Oba is a one-off – and that certainly is his strength, his unpredictability, as he can often create a goal out of nothing.
We still remember that 84 mph strike at Tottenham a couple of seasons back, when Paul Robinson could hardly move as Oba’s shot flew into his top right hand corner – what a goal from outside the penalty box.
And of course a good time for Oba to get off the mark is tonight against WBA, so we’ll not mention that – but it is a game we desperately need the win.
Howay The Lads!!