Oba Martins Has Had Tough 18 Months – Signs For Birmingham


Oba Martins  has not had a good time of things since he left Newcastle 18 months ago.

Oba Martins – our favorite shot of Oba – when he played at Newcastle

When Oba left the club, Newcastle were on their last knees, having just been relegated, and that was when the Tyneside club had the fourth biggest wage bill in the Premier League.

Birmingham City, who are desperate for somebody who can put the ball into the net, otherwise they could well be relegated for the third time in five years, have agreed to take the 5’7″ Nigerian striker on loan though the end of the season, from his current club, Rubin Kazin in Russia.

Martins was sold to Wolfsburg in Germany for around £8M in the summer of 2009, but he didn’t have a good time of it there, and was not a starter for the German club.

He didn’t last long in Germany (22 appearances, 6 goals), and was transferred to reigning Russian Premier League champions Rubin Kazan, for a reported £13 million just last summer, although that fee seems suspiciously high.

And since he’s moved to  Russia, he’s played only 12 times with a couple of goals for the Russian Champions.

Newcastle still have to beat Birmingham twice this season, sorry let’s rephrase that – Newcastle still have to play Birmingham home and away this season, and if Birmingham are as bad as they’ve been so far this season, it could be a full 6 points for the Magpies.  That’s better – just in  case we have Birmingham fans reading this. 😀

Rubin coach Kurban Berdyev talked about Oba today:

“He has just had a child, and he asked to be let go to England as he wants to go closer to his family,”

Glenn Roeder signed Martins from Inter Milan for £10m in 2006, and the 38 times capped Nigerian International  spent three seasons at St James’s Park, and he appeared 104 times for the famous Magpies with 35 goals.

Oba wore the number 9 shirt now worn by local lad, Andy Carroll, but he will hardly go down as one of the great Newcastle number 9 players of the past – like Alan Shearer, Malcolm MacDonald and Jackie Milburn.

And while Oba was popular on Tyneside, he was one of the players who left the club when it was on its last knees, and he may not get a good reception when he returns to St. James’ Park.

And for those fans who think Newcastle should have signed him on again, we’re sure his agent would have offered him to Newcastle,  but there is just no way any player who left the club in the summer of 2009, will ever come back to Newcastle United. No way!

Indeed, the players who left Newcastle after they were relegated, have not had a good time of it all since leaving Newcastle, when it was down and out.

Mark Viduka finally retired, after an injury ravaged career, Michael Owen also retired but is still picking up wages at Manchester United, for being one the bench now and again. But that will only last until June, when his contract runs out, and it will not be renewed.

Habib Beye (£2M) cannot get his game at Aston Villa, Damien Duff  (£4M) is in and out of  an ordinary side at Fulham, that’s when he’s not out injured, and Sebastian Bassong (£8M) cannot get into the Spurs side, even though top picks at center-back, Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate have been out injured all season.

And we thought these players were stars?

In retrospect,  it’s small wonder we were relegated.

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27 comments so far

  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Jan 29, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    c’mon ed,
    obas crap! no loyalty what so ever
    never really performed for us, in games in which he scored he did nout else but wait for someone to do all the work for him.
    we have better strikers than him. carroll n ameobi are better in my opinion

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  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Jan 29, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    “He has just had a child, and he asked to be let go to England as he wants to go closer to his family,”

    excuse me but correct me if im wrong, isnt he from nigeria? so why’s his family in england?

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 29, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    point of correction you have all forgotten about his first season when glenn bought him.

    Fat sam came in and added viduka and other strikers.we all expecting him to deliver atleast 10goals a season which he failed to do because he was always starting as a sub

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  • joppadoni

    Jan 29, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    oba scored the odd nice goal but ultimately he is a bit sh!t…

    Tal, we got a large Nigerian contingent in the uk

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    oba scored 28 goals in 88 league games, which is just better than 1 in 3. Better than Bellamy who got 28 in 93. He was also used as a wide forward for half a season, and as a sub for big sam. in his last season he had 6 in 12 before injury, so his strike rate was improving all the time. Also, on the loyalty note, he said he wanted to stay with us, but the chance to get him off the wage bill was to hard to resist.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Ameobi better than Oba?? Get real (1)

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  • IceIceGeordie

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Tal,Would you rather live in England or Nigeria ( A poor country,War etc). Take your silly comments some where else,you no good prick.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Correction, its just under 1 in 3, but you might as well say 1 in 3 lol

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  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Jesus…raw meat for breakfast Ice?

    I loved to hate Oba, if he could pass the ball to one of his own team mates he’d be great but im glad brum have got him for the second half of the season. Once they realise just how pants he really is cant see him getting many games, you just cant give the ball away like he does in the EPL.

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  • toonfan09

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    wouldnt have oba back would improve the squad but i dont think he would fit in with the current playing style

    n ice geordie y u having a go at tal he only asked why his family would be here if you cant ask a thing like that then the world is going mad and it is a valid question because his family dont live here they live in nigeria

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  • IceIceGeordie

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Of course,Herbies Bonnet.

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  • ALEK mkd NUFC

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #12

    boo him for what hes done!dont like any player that abandon us when we were relegated!

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  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Apparently we have 2 players lined up for monday. One of them must be Stephen Ireland any ideas on the other one…SWP?

    SI would be a good signing, Craig Bellamy said on SSN a while ago he was the best player at Man City (at the time) and couldnt believe he wasn’t playing well at Villa. He is being used orthodox centre mid but really requires a free role…not sure if he’ll fit in the system we play but could play the Kev Nolan role.

    You calmed down ice? I actually laughed out loud when you posted “Take your silly comments some where else,you no good prick”…think you should take your own advice.

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  • GeordieJordy

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    He was a good striker, I dont know why Newcastle didn’t go after him again cause he surely would of chosen us over Birmingham, also FFS! Martins clearly stated after we got relegated that he would be happy to stay at the club but was sold due to his contract wages, HE DID NOT LEAVE US BECAUSE WE GOT RELEGATED!! get it right Ed

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    I miss Oba!!

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  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Sorry GeordieJordy but Martins was not a good striker. Cant think of a classy finish from all of his goals. His passing was woefull. He was so injury prone…glad to get rid. He did score some belters though.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #17

    As Andy Gray once said “He’s a scorer of great goals not a great goal scorer….now lvoe get back in the kitchen”.

    But I wouldnt have minded him back….I do feel we miss an explosive element to our team…when we play well we play very well, but at times he do miss a pleyr who will just score from nothing when we’ve been up against it…

    And GeordieJordy…..I remmeber Obas agent was talking about him leaving if we went down even before we were actually relegated.

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  • IceIceGeordie

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #18

    We can always ask Shola nicely to get a haircut like Oba.

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #19

    sorry to say this but oba would score against us if he starts

    ice ice nigeria is not a poor country and there is no war here.

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #20

    he certainly didnt say he wanted to stay,he was one of the first to jump ship,the only one that said publicly they wanted to stay and left was duff!!

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  • darthkir

    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #21

    How do you know oba left us? It could be that the club was the one who sold him because of his wage.

    And some people said he was not a good striker, but then aside from Carroll, who are good enough for us?

    Have you ever wonder what our attack would be like this season if Carroll and Oba would combine together?

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  • al

    Jan 29, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Didn’t he score 18 in hides first season? With the amount of poor teams this season his pace, which everyone says we’ve been lackin, n his rocket shot could do really well

    Personally I hop he does but not against us

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  • lewman

    Jan 29, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #23

    marcakkus, but how many assists, free kicks and penalties did he win compared to bellamy.

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  • Toon XI

    Jan 29, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #24

    I think he would add much needed pace to our attack. I think people are slagging him so much because he left the club. Don’t forget that has sold by the club to lower it’s wage bill. Don’t blame Martins.

    I wish our mgmt would actually consider adding bodies to our squad. I think Ashley is running the team to maximize profits and not to win or qualify for anything. You don’t have to run up debt to be successful. Just invest to have any ambition at all.

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  • Team0Asprilla

    Jan 29, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #25

    ‘Nigeria: A poor country, War etc’

    Visit Nigeria passionate people, passionate places.

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  • spudzzz

    Jan 29, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #26

    amazed at the comments against OBA. He always stated he liked playing for us and that he would be willing to stay. He did well for us in general. Yes, he was fustrating at times, but he would bring somthing we don’t have at the moment, speed, unpredicatbility and of course his shotgun powershot. He also managed to get his far share of headers which considering his size , his leap always amazed me. I find the slagging off of him is quite petty really. he never said anything in his time here to deserve being bad mouthed like this. I personnaly hope he does well for Brum (but obviously not againt us)

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  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Jan 29, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Alex McLeish talked about Obafemi Martins,

    “We’re trying to get him. We’re working hard on that but it’s not a done deal yet.”

    He might not end up at birmingham on loan?

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