Martin delighted by "sharp and clinical" Michael Obafemi
Russell Martin believes Swansea City are seeing the real Michael Obafemi after the striker continued his excellent recent form with a brace in victory at Peterborough United.
Obafemi finished from an acute angle to give the Swans the lead against Posh, before bringing the visitors back level with a lovely cushioned volley later in the contest.
It took his tally to seven goals for the season, with six of those coming in his last nine outings.
The former Southampton forward did not have the easiest of starts to his time in SA1, but the Swans head coach has hailed the strides he has made and the efforts he has put in.
“Michael has really paid attention to what we want from him, he is really contributing. He has got himself into great condition,” said Martin, who also revealed Obafemi was withdrawn late on with a minor groin problem.
“He looks really sharp and clinical, which is just great for us. It has taken him a bit of time, if we had this Michael a little earlier maybe things would look a little bit different.
“But the important thing is we are seeing it now, we are seeing him play at a level we have always known he is capable of and he has always known he is capable of.
“I think he really feels part of something here, and the supporters have been great with him. They make these guys feel so welcome and such a big part of the club.
“The same goes for Jamie Paterson and Joel Piroe.
“Michael and Joel are two really young men, but thankfully for us they are paying attention to what we want from them, they are learning and we hope they keep improving.”
Joel Piroe was also on the scoresheet for the Swans, netting the winner in a 3-2 victory with a composed finished after Oliver Ntcham’s blocked shot had landed at his feet.
That takes the Dutchman to 17 goals for the season, and Martin never had any doubt where the ball was going when it fell to the former PSV Eindhoven man.
“He was the guy you wanted it to fall to because he is so composed and so ruthless in front of goal,” added Martin.
“It was a beautiful strike of the ball, he deserved it. He played in a few different positions tonight, and he gives us so much in all of them.
“We love working with him and we hope we can help him keep developing.”