Roeder: Watch Oba go
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Glenn Roeder believes Newcastle will see the best of Obafemi Martins next season.
Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder believes they will see the best of Obafemi Martins next season.
Martins scored the winner in Thursday's Uefa Cup tie with Zulte-Waregem to send Newcastle through to the last 16.
The Nigerian international has impressed in patches this term and he has scored 13 goals this term.
Roeder has been happy with Martins and he is confident the former Internazionale man will be even better next season.
"Whatever he achieves this year will be a bonus, and next year, after he has had a full season with us, and when Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi are fit, Oba Martins can take off in a big, big way," said Roeder.
"Week by week Oba is building a reputation as a striker to fear. Liverpool was probably the best game he's had for the club, when he got a completely different type of goal.
"Tonight he's had one sniff of an opportunity to score and it's in the back of the net and it's won us the game.
"Michael Owen is a player like that - he can not be in the game for 90 minutes but give him two chances and he takes both. Oba Martins has the same sort of traits."