Martins: No complaints
By Robin Slater. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Obafemi Martins has no complaints about the criticism he received at the start of his Newcastle career, admitting he needed time to settle in.
The Nigerian international, who cost the club £10million from Internazionale, has scored nine goals so far this season after taking time to impress at St James' Park.
However the striker has now found his feet in the Premiership and is looking full of confidence heading into 2007.
He told allafrica.com: "I begrudge no-one for the many things said about me in previous months.
"But people should understand that any player coming to a new territory will need time to settle down.
"It is a whole new environment, new style, new culture, and new orientation.
"Newcastle is a club with ambition and we have every reason to do well next year.
"We lost the Carling Cup in the quarter-finals, but we are gradually inching up the table in the Premiership. We are also in the last 32 in the Uefa Cup and there's still the FA Cup."
Martins also praised the influence of manager Glenn Roeder insisting he would always give his best for the boss.
"I commend the coach. He is a good leader and he gives us confidence. For him, I will always do my best," he said.