Nigeria manager Shaibu Amodu has criticized Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins today, and it’s not for the first time.
Oba Martins – unfair criticism from Nigeria manager
Martins has in fact played quite well for Newcastle this season, scoring 5 goals during a difficult time for the club and the players.
The 24-year-old has struggled a little with injuries this season, but has still scored three goals in his last three outings for the black and whites, but Amodu still expects improvements. And Oba is mentally strong, having seemingly recovered from the terrible tragedy when his mother was killed in late July.
We wonder if Amodu understands these things.
Nigeria play Colombia in a friendly on Wednesday night, and Amodu watched Martins against Fulham last Sunday, but presumably was not impressed.
He said in The Sun today:
“Martins needs a look at his psyche. I am worried about him.” “Obviously he’s a good player but he needs to be prepared mentally to take up the challenges.”
“His team have found themselves in a precarious situation and I think psychologically now he should be worried himself.”
“I haven’t had the opportunity to work with Martins closely because since I came back to the national team he has not been able to show up.”
“His excuses have been injury but I think he is injury-prone. He needs to work more on his fitness.” “He’s small in physique and plays in attack so he is prone to knocks.”
“The only way you can keep playing at that level is to be very, very fit and to stay away from all the social vices.” “I’m not saying that is what’s involved but it is a clear criteria if you want to stay at the top of your game all the time.”
These words can hardly help anybody. It’s a dig by Amody at one of his potential players, who has been playing well for the Newcastle club, and if that’s all he has to say, maybe he should just not say anything.
We have no idea why Amodu, who has only been Nigeria manager since last April, makes these senseless statements, which can hardly have Oba wanting to play for him.
But maybe that’s good for Newcastle, and quite honestly, that’s all we are worried about right now. 😀