Martins targets title

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Obafemi Martins has backed Newcastle to mount a challenge for the Premiership title next term.

Newcastle have once again failed to deliver this season and, as such, thoughts have already turned to next term.

Martins has been one of the few bright sparks for Newcastle and he feels that once Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi return to fitness, The Magpies can challenge the top four.

"Where can Newcastle aim to be next season?" the 22-year-old said in The Sun. "Fight for the league title, play for a UEFA Champions League place and also target the FA and Carling Cups.

"We have the players, manager and fans to make it happen and I really think we can do it. Losing Owen and Shola was a terrible setback.

"But their return couldn't come at a better time. I think we'll form a great team.

"Shola was doing well before he went for surgery. I was getting used to playing with him but he will bring a lot to the squad."

Martins is clearly relishing the prospect of playing alongside Owen once the England international recovers from his knee injury.

He added: "More interesting for me is the return of Michael Owen. I really would love to play alongside him as soon as possible."