Oba Martins has found the net 6 times this season, and his terrific goal last week after 87 minutes, against Wigan, should have really given Newcastle all 3 points.
Oba Martins – will he start today?
But it may be that Martins may be left out of the team today, if Michael Owen is given a start, and if Joe Kinnear decides he wants Ameobi up front, to take the punishment and be the battering ram for the Newcastle attack.
24-year-old Oba obviously wants to keep his place but he also knows there is growing competition for places in the Newcastle attack as players get fit:
“I enjoy playing with Shola and he is doing very well right now, but I enjoy playing with all the strikers here,” “I’m confident I can work well with any of them.”
“I know I have to keep scoring and playing well if I am going to stay in the team, especially now Michael is fit again.”
“There are four or five of us competing for two places so it’s difficult for the manager to keep everyone happy, but we know getting the team out of trouble is the most important thing.”
“I don’t agree when people say I can’t play with Michael. I can play with anyone.”
While Kinnear clearly thinks that Owen as his best player, Martins and Ameobi have justified their selections with goals and good performances recently, and you cannot ask for much more than that:
“It is a difficult decision for the manager, but I think I’ve done enough,” “Michael isn’t a big player and neither am I, but we offer different things to the team. We are not too similar.”
We don’t know id Joe will go with a Martins Owen pairing in attack, but it could work, and would at least be a flexible front pairing, with both players able to score goals at any time, and with any foot.
What do you think?