Martins trying to settle on Tyneside

Former Inter Milan striker Obafemi Martins admits that he does not find it easy to settle on Tyneside, but he is working hard to show his best for Newcastle United.

Martins said: “I am relaxing more every week and I am trying to understand what the coach and the other players are telling me.

“It is not easy at first but I am working on it every day to try to be a success. I need to understand lots of things about England, even the weather.

“Until I do that I cannot show my best but it will come. For now I am just OK, my performances have been average, but they will get better.

“I have not felt under any pressure. They were not putting me under pressure either which meant I could just focus on training, stay relaxed and try to get used to my new surroundings.

“I have been working very hard to try to get a goal in front of the home fans to show what I can do and now at last it has come. I hope there will be many more.

“I am looking forward to the Manchester United game because everyone knows their players and they are a very good team. We have to make it hard for them.

“I have never played there before so this is a dream come true for me. I used to watch their games when I was a child in Nigeria, although I preferred watching Chelsea and Arsenal as a kid because they had Kanu and Babayaro. They are the players I really remember when I was growing up.”