Roeder tips Martins to shine

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Newcastle United boss Glenn Roeder feels Obafemi Martins is ready to explode onto the Premiership.

The Nigerian has shown fleeting glimpses of his quality over the first few months of the season, but he served notice of his quality with a brace in the 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.

On both occasions, Martins demonstrated lightning pace and Roeder feels he has all the tools to be a major hit in the Premiership.

"I've warned people who have not been too complimentary about him to be careful because, when he comes good, he will score goals," said Roeder. "Come the end of the season, we will have seen plenty more from him.

"Since he returned from injury against Arsenal, when he frightened Toure and Gallas - the best defensive partnership in this league - with his pace, he has become better and better.

"He is like lightning and in those first 10 to 12 yards, he will leave most defenders behind.

"When we get a break from playing two games a week, it will be good to get him on the training ground and help get the best out of that pace.

"He's also not been able to strike up a partnership with anybody because of injuries so when that happens, and he gets used to the environment and high tempo of the Premiership, watch out."