When, and if, Alan Shearer starts his new reign at the Newcastle club. he will have a new player wearing the famous Newcastle number 9 shirt that he, Malcolm McDonald, Jackie Milburn, Hughie Gallagher have made so famous at Newcastle.
Oba Martins – looks like he doesn’t want to leave Newcastle
That’s because Oba Martins, the current owner of that shirt, will be sold in the summer, and there is already considerable interest in the player.
Of course nothing is ever easy for Newcastle, and Martins needs an operation on the injured groin he had at the end of the season, but continued to play for the team, in hopes of saving the side from relegation. He will need another operation on it, and will probably have it in the Munich clinic of world-renowned surgeon Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck.
One club who are very interest already in Oba is Italian Serie A side Fiorentina – who are said to be weighing a bid for the Nigerian striker in the range of £8M, which of course would be a loss for the club, on the £10M we paid Internationale in the summer of 2006.
The injury to Oba is relatively minor, and we expect the operation to be routine, but only after that will he leave Newcastle, and before that – let’s hope there’s an auction for him to drive up the price.
The Newcastle club needs all the money it can get, when it unloads some of its disgraced stars this summer – Oba is not one of them we hasten to add – but that will not be easy with as many as 12 ( or more) players who will be put up for sale.
Shearer will need that money to top the squad up, with some good buys, if we are to have any chance next season of challenging for promotion, which many who are familiar with the Championship say will be difficult, at best.
It will be a little sad to see Oba go, because he loved it at Newcastle and the fans loved him – and he had shipped some of his family to Newcastle to be with him. Oh well – that’s what happens when you allow yourself to be relegated. 🙁
There are some youngsters at the club, in particular local lad Andy Carroll, and even England U19 striker Nile Ranger – who could be future star number 9 strikers at the club. It will be more than interesting to see who gets the number 9 shirt net season.
Martins scored 8 goals for the side last season, and in his 3 seasons on Tyneside he has scored 35 goals – which is not too bad, given he’s been hampered this season with a niggling groin injury, which he has never really recovered from.
Surprisingly the surgery he had in Munich early in the year didn’t do the trick, and Oba was not involved in last night’s Nigeria friendly against Ireland in Dublin – was far from fit when he eventually returned to action. The result last night was a 1-1 draw, with Damien Duff and former Newcastle goalkeeper, Shay Given, playing the whole game for their country.
Martins’ last goal was in the brilliant 3-1 win against Middlesbrough at St. James Park but it was another false dawn, and two weak performances and 1-0 defeats in Newcastle’s final two games took the club down, when a single goal in those games would have saved us.