Chris Hughton is pleased to have Oba Martins back fit again, along with some other experienced players.
Oba Martins – back from groin injury
Hughton spoke about Martins to the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s a big boost to see him back training and in contention again.
“He’s a quality player in a really important position as well.”
“When you look at the quality he’s got and the threat that he poses to teams, it’s a big plus for us.”
Martins has scored 6 goals this season and is 4 goals behind top scorer Michael Owen, who himself hopes to be back at the end of this month.
But there’s no doubt the players returning form injury are giving Newcastle United a big boost, just when we need to start pulling away from the relegation zone, and secure our safety in the Premier League, just as soon as we can.
And Hughton is pleased that the return of other experienced players is helping lift the spirits on the training field.
“It’s not just Oba.” “It’s important that the first team group can look around on the training field and see other quality players around them.”
“Of course, with people like Cacapa and Alan Smith now back in the fray and having completed reserve team games, and people like Mark Viduka back, it boosts everybody.”
“Whether they are fully fit or not, it’s important to have them around.” “It adds to competition and lifts spirits.”
We need a bigger squad next season, because the one thing that has hit us hard regularly are injuries, and we need a squad big enough to get through these times, which comes for every team at different times during the season.
Only then can we look at doing well in the league again, and hopefully that will be next season.
That’s the hope, in any case, and it will make a big change not continually worrying about relegation.