When you talk to some Newcastle fans they would describe Martin’s as a pacey, goalscoring machine where as other would see him as unreliable and often very wasteful in front of goal.

Martins signed from Inter Milan signing on 24 August 2006 for €15 million, with the Nigerian signing a five-year deal. He was paraded in front of the Geordie fans before their UEFA cup tie against FK Ventspils, and inherited the club’s cherished number 9 shirt, vacated after the retirement of the club-record goal scorer Alan Shearer in April.

Over the next 3 slides we take a closer look at the player.


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His poorest total as you would expect came in his final season when Newcastle was relegated. The Nigerian scored only 8 in 24 appearances. However it is interesting to look at Newcastle’s first ten fixtures from that season as in the five games Martins was involved in the black and whites picked up 8 points however in his absence could only scramble one point away at Everton. This was somewhat be the story of the season as United only accumulated two wins and four draws without their Nigerian forward.

In terms of percentages it would level out at that the black and whites won 20% of games with him and a remarkably low 12% when he was missing. This suggests when Oba played Newcastle were a lot more dangerous team.