Roeder: Martins must relax
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Glenn Roeder has urged Obafemi Martins to relax in front of goal.
Glenn Roeder has urged Obafemi Martins to relax in front of goal after the Newcastle striker drew a blank at the weekend against Everton.
The 21-year-old signing from Internazionale has struggled to live up to his £10 million price tag thus far but Roeder remains confident that his big money buy will come good.
Martins allowed several chances to go begging in the 1-1 St James' Park stalemate, later being withdrawn to be replaced by Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi.
Roeder insists Martins has all the attributes to be a success in the North East, confident that the club's investment will prove to be money well spent.
"He is very disappointed, but my disappointment would be if he was not getting chances - that would disappoint me more," said Roeder.
"I know he will start to take the chances. Since he has been here, his ability to finish in small-sided games and practice matches in training is fantastic.
"He is a young player and he is maybe getting a little bit uptight when he pulls the trigger. But when he relaxes, he will finish those chances.
"He is a really good lad to work with, very conscientious and hard working."