Martins trying to settle on Tyneside

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.”