Oba Martins is very likely to start tomorrow, and be lining up alongside either Shola Ameobi or Mark Viduka.
Oba Martins – scoring that fantastic goal against Bolton
The 24-year-old has been out of action since December when he sustained a groin injury against Portsmouth, when he scored Newcastle’s second goal in the second half, of that 3-0 win for the Magpies.
The powerful striker came on as a substitute during the second half after 59 minutes, in the goalless draw against Everton, at St. James’ Park, and looked more than decent.
Oba is very likely to start the game tomorrow, as he came through the Everton game with no ill effects, and Newcastle need his goal prowess for the vital pointer tomorrow.
In the same fixture last year Oba scored twice, in a game that Newcastle won 3-1, and which was Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge at Newcastle.
Oba has always been a favorite on Tyneside, because of his hard work and enthusiasm, not to mention some of the great goals he’s scored for the Magpies, since he was signed for £10M from Inter Milan in the summer of 2006 by then manager Glenn Roeder.
Speaking to The Daily Mirror, Martins said today:
“I can’t wait to get back in because I’ve been out for a long time. I feel better now and my season starts here.”
“I hope that nothing more will happen to me or the rest of the players with injuries.”
“The support of the Newcastle crowd towards me really means a lot to me. I’m going to give my very best. They really love me and I really love them too.”
“I think it’s a very important game for us to win. We have a tough run coming up at home.”
“Last season I scored against Bolton and it was one of my favorite goals. It was one of those goals you never forget. ”
A repeat would be rather nice.”
That’s exactly what we’d love to see from Oba, another goal or two tomorrow. Of course the famous goal he scored at the Reebok last season, was when he kicked the ball with a bicycle kick over his head into the goal, and it’s often shown in lead-ins to Premier League programs.
The picture shown above captures it.
Yes – it was quite a goal, and almost as good as the one he scored against Tottenham, at White Hart Lane, when he hit that unbelievable missile from 35 yards out, that was clocked at 84 mph, as it flashed past Paul Robinson into the top corner of the net. 😀
Just a couple of reasons the Newcastle fans love Oba.