Oba off to Brum?

Martins Birmingham bound?
Former Magpie Obafemi Martins looks set to join Birmingham City on loan for the rest of the season. It had been reported in various places that Oba had completed his move, although Sky Sports News are reporting the striker is awaiting a medical which is expected to go through tomorrow.

It got me thinking is Oba the type of player we could do with at Newcastle? I did an article recently about the strikers we currently have at the club and I think what we lack up top is pace. We lack a nippy player, the type of foward who would benefit from Andy Carroll’s height and strength.

Oba on his day was a joy to watch, I’ll always remember his goal against Spurs at White Heart Lane a few years ago in a entertaining 3-2 away win. He some how managed to put his shot away from a near impossible angle, it was a belter.

Martins left the club to join German giants Wolfsburg after Newcastle were relegated to The Championship. Originally Obafemi said he hoped he wouldn’t be sold and was willing to stay and play his football in the second tier of English football. Although there is a chance that he and his agent were plotting a move all along and the player wanted to stay on the good side of the Geordie faithful.

The striker had a good relationship with the fans and at the time it was sad to see him leave, but with the player on a big salary Newcastle jumped at the chance of re couping the £10 million odd they paid Inter Milan for the Nigerian’s services.

I really like Obafemi, he was a personal favourite of mine whilst at St James’ and I would like a player of his calibre for sure. However asked by someone how I would feel if we went in for him again, I have to say I wouldn’t fancy any of the players back that left us after relegation to be honest.

It would be a backwards step to look to those players. Relegation brought the lads close together as a group and the players that remained stood up and said we owe it to the fans and this great club to get back to the big time.

We have waxed lyrical (sounding like Ed there) about the great job the lads did last season and the commitment shown by each and every one of them. I think bringing back players that opted to leave the sinking ship would be in slap in the face to the Kevin Nolan’s and Jose Enriqe’s who stayed and made us credible again when many thought we’d disappear into obscurity.

Martins though is a great player- frustrating at times but talented and I’m sure if the medical goes to plan and Birmingham sign the lad up he will excite the fans at St Andrews’.

The striker has said to have rejected a move to Brum’s Midlands rivals and Premiership new boys West Brom, opting instead for The Blues. Oba’s current parent club is Russia’s Rubin Kazan.

What do you think? Would you have liked to see Oba back in black and white?

About MarkToon

I'm Mark, I live in a little town called Rugby. I go back a long way with Toonsy, we have traveled the country together watching the lads. I eat, breath and sleep Newcastle United! Follow me on [email protected] MRStockers or add me on Facebook- Mark Stockley.

33 thoughts on “Oba off to Brum?

  1. This has probably already been on but that twatter guys spouting again, Apparantly will shut his account down if this doesnt happen…

    “For #nufc 100% certain that Stephen Ireland will soon be announced”


  2. Im not on twitter, Just started glancing at them when everyone kept posting links during the Ben Arfa saga.

    Hell be wrong, He had Bentley nailed on last week… 🙄


  3. yeah there certainly is some gash doing the rounds!
    i hate speculation but i’m a sucker for it… twitter is one of the places i look for news!


  4. Can’t believe Vela has gone out on loan and we haven’t even gone in for him?! He could have played up front or on either wing. His arrival could have really benefited us, but he has ended up at West Brom. Definitely missed a trick there.


  5. Nice read mark. I wouldn’t have him back though.

    If IBA had a football brain he’d be dangerous. But he hasn’t.

    Congrats btw 😉


  6. Martins was just so inconsistant. He was a score of good goals, but wasn’t a good goal scorer.

    On other transfer news I see Liverpool have signed Suarez for £23m.

    Can’t honestly see us realistically challenging top Four again in a long, long time.


  7. Martins was a luxury that we could not afford and still can’t afford.

    Fact – He was a lousy finisher, tended to snatch at chances. (Granted he scored a couple of screamers in 3 seasons)

    Fact – He was inconsistant

    Fact – He was unable to forge a partnership with any striker in his time at NUFC.

    Fact – He never mustered more than 11 EPL goals in a single season.

    Fact – We don’t need him, move on …………


  8. Bloody Martins winds me up when people say how great he was etc.
    Greats are reserved for Shearer/Ferdinand/Beardsley/Supermac/Milburn/Gallagher etc etc. NOT BLOODY MARTINS.
    Rant over 😉 lol.


  9. tgs-
    i in no way at all label oba a great in the same light that of those youve listed.
    yes he was inconsistant-like article says even frustrating at times!!
    my point was i liked him, he was good to watch but iwouldnt have him back. think many will agree with that


  10. MarkToon – Wasn’t getting at you about Matins 😉

    Richie, – Am good mate despite working the last 3 weekends, it’s nice to be off and spend time with the kids (not the missus lol)

    Think Ireland is a done deal, good addition on loan and better than Guthrie. Hope JB continues on the right in the Beckham role.

    Worried though about Carroll’s injury though………


  11. The excitement of the transfer window builds….and builds…..and builds….and midnight on Monday arrives and pfffttt (sound of a loud fart coming from Barrack Road)…nowt happens…no incomings..but perhaps more significant no outgoings either…hopefully !

    Interesting that Torres has spat the dummy out, makes the end of the transfer window all the more interesting…Chelsea to spend big on Monday anyone ?


  12. Aye but its Arry who is really starting to get on me tits, Weve told them Carroll aint for sale so naturally he continues back with another bid for him, Wham have told him Parkers not for sale and hes still bidding, Everton have already sold them Pienar after his usual trick of unsettling him enough to refuse a new contract and now he wont stop badgering them for Neville even though hes been told no.

    The english press have spent the last 6 months moaning about Fifa being corrupt and then tout this tax dodging thieving piece of shit for the top managers job… 🙄


  13. Aye CC the blokes a [email protected], if a club says he’s not for sale at any price then that should be that. After that if they still persist te FA should do something….never happen like.


  14. Has there been a bid for Carroll? Or are the papers saying that there has been a bid for Carroll? Just curious…..

    Still, it will give SSN a reason to falsh to the Tottenham training ground every ten minutes on Monday 🙄

    Has Torres really handed in a transfer request? Good good. Hope that Suarez is a flop aswell 😆


  15. CC I agree mate, I personally find it insulting that he is being touted for the England job…supposed tax dodges and all, though nowts been proven…

    I’m sure there is absolutely no way he’ll get his dirty mitts on Andy Carroll


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