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.