Martins urged to quit Toon
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The head of the Nigerian FA has urged Obafemi Martins to quit Newcastle.
The head of the Nigerian Football Association has urged Obafemi Martins to quit Newcastle, before his career starts to freefall.
Since arriving in the North East from Internazionale with a hefty reputation, Martins has struggled to live up to his £10 million price tag.
A solitary league goal is testimony to his struggles at St James' Park and now, Nigerian FA chief Waidi Akanni has offered a stark warning to his compatriot.
Whilst Glenn Roeder has urged everyone at Newcastle to be patient with his misfiring front man, Akanni preaches an altogether different perspective.
Of the opinion that Newcastle's struggles are unlikely to do anything other than compound Martins' lacklustre run in front of goal, Akanni has urged the 22-year-old to seek pastures new.
"He should have moved to a winning team, not a struggling side like Newcastle," he told The Sun.
"If something is not done urgently, his career may suffer."
Martins has missed Newcastle's last five games but is expected to be passed fit for this weekend's tough looking trip to Arsenal.