We never like to hear former players adversely criticize the Newcastle club or its players, once they have left, for whatever reason.
Oba Martins – part of the relegated squad last season – after all
And unfortunately today Oba Martins is at it – by accusing Newcastle players of not trying last season.
While we don’t disagree with him, the club has now moved on, and are enjoying considerable success in the Championship, and even look the class side in the league.
Wolfsburg’s new striker Obafemi Martins has criticized his former Newcastle United teammates for not trying hard enough to beat the drop last season.
Oba said today:
“I was very happy when the move was completed because Wolfsburg are a team that is on the up with a good group of players.”
“Plus, I didn’t really want to play in the Championship after experiencing the Premier League.”
Well that’s a surprise, since Oba said in the summer he wanted to stay at Newcastle, to help them get promoted back to the Premier League.
While Martins claim that many Newcastle players did not give their all to make sure the club avoided the drop last season, this season has been completely different, so obviously we have to assume we got rid of most of the slackers over the summer.
Certainly Cacapa, Owen, Viduka and Xisco have hardly been missed at all.
“In the last season I was injured and I had surgery. They did not do it right.”
“Other players were injured as well and that’s why we really went down.”
“For me we also didn’t try enough to avoid relegation.”
It would have been better if Oba had commented on Newcastle’s tremendous resurgence this season, since what happened last season is now stale news.
Martins is in the news because his new club Wolfsberg are at Manchester United tomorrow night, in the European Champions League.
Oba is not a starter this season at the German club, having started just one game and appeared 4 times as a sub, and scored 2 goals.
To be fair to Oba though, he always did his best at Newcastle, but just didn’t score enough goals to warrant wearing the famous number 9 shirt. He got 30 goals in his three seasons at the club.
That number 9 shirt is now vacant, and the club should probably wait until the end of the season, and if young Nile Ranger is as good as we think he is – give the youngster the shirt!
Newcastle have done very well without Oba this season, having won 7 of our first 9 games in the Championship – not too bad at all.
Hey – maybe we got rid of the right players over the summer after all. 😀