Russell Martin urges young players to believe in their abilities

3rd October 2022
First team
West Brom away Matty Sorinola celebration

Head coach Russell Martin has urged Matty Sorinola and the rest of his young players to believe in their talent after the wing-back netted his first Swansea City goal in the 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion.

Sorinola arrived on loan from Royal Union Saint-Gilloise during the summer, having previously worked under Martin at MK Dons.

It has taken the 21-year-old a little bit of time to adjust to a new competition having not had the regular game time he would have liked in Belgium last term.

But he has shown signs of getting stronger with each passing game, and Swans boss Martin felt his showing against the Baggies was his best yet in a Swansea shirt.

And he wants Sorinola, and his other young players, to believe in their abilities and what they bring to the team.

“Matty was great, I thought that was his best game for this club so far,” said Martin.

“He was so reliable defensively against a player who is a really top talent in Grady Diangana.

“Matty looked a real threat, and he just needs to belief in himself as much as we do.

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“He is a guy who is finding his feet at this level. We have a lot of young players who have not played many games at this level.

“They all need to start believing in themselves, and the biggest challenge for us as a coaching staff is to help them have that belief in themselves.

“They believe in what we are doing, and they believe and trust in their team-mates and the staff.

“Now it’s about having that belief, because if you are going to compete at the top end it’s about real belief.

“A great trait in any player is a total confidence in yourself.

“I played with a number of players – and I would include myself in this - who should never have played at the level they did, but they had such belief in what they could and what they could bring.

“I think a game like this will certainly help our guys with that.”