Martins vows to improve
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Obafemi Martins insists the best is yet to come from his time at Newcastle United.
Obafemi Martins insists the best is yet to come from his time at Newcastle United, as he grows used to the rigours of the Premiership.
The Nigerian international moved to the North East in a £10million deal from Internazionale this summer, but it took until 17th September to break his duck for the club against West Ham United.
Since then, he has been in sparkling form for the club, scoring his 10th goal of the season with a stunning finish in the 3-2 victory at Tottenham Hotspur in his latest outing.
Having made the transition from life in Italy's Serie A, Martins is confident he can produce plenty more performances as his experience grows still further.
"I am not totally used to the English game yet, but I am only 22 and I believe I will get better and better," Martins explained.
"I have not found the pace of the Premiership a problem, but the physical side of the game is different.
"I didn't have the best of starts for Newcastle, but recently I have been playing well and I'm pleased with how things are going.
"I don't have a target and if I keep working hard, goals will come. I would certainly say to the Newcastle fans that the best of me is yet to come."
With Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi out for much, if not all, of the current season Glenn Roeder is reliant on his star man to lead the line in the Magpies' challenge.
Aston Villa are the next visitors to St James' Park on Wednesday, and Martins wants to set the score straight against Martin O'Neill's side, having suffered a 2-0 defeat at Villa Park at the end of August.
Martins was stretchered off in that game and he expects to redress the balance this time round on home territory.
"I remember getting injured, so I don't want to think about that game because it wasn't a good day for Newcastle and I didn't play that well," Martins told the club's website.
"I want to put that to the back of my mind and think about the next game with Aston Villa. It is important we get three points and climb the table."
Defender Titus Bramble and winger Damien Duff have meanwhile resumed training and could line up alongside Martins as early as the Villa match.