Injury-prone Newcastle striker Martins criticised by Nigeria boss Amodu

Amodu Shaibu

Critical: Nigeria coach Amodu Shaibu

Obafemi Martins has been told to take a look at himself ‘psychologically’ by Nigeria manager Shaibu Amodu.

The Newcastle striker was also been warned to steer clear of ‘social vices’ by his international boss after Amodu watched Martins play in Newcastle's 2-1 defeat at Fulham on Sunday.

According to the Sun, the Nigeria boss said: "Martins needs a look at his psyche. I am worried about him."Obviously he’s a good player but he needs to be prepared mentally to take up the challenges.

"His team have found themselves in a precarious situation and I think psychologically now he should be worried himself."

Martins has been one of the rare highlights of Newcastle’s troubled season so far, scoring four Premier League goals in just seven appearances, but Amodu was also critical of the striker’s continued absence from international matches due to injury.

Obafemi Martins

Injury-prone: Newcastle United's Obafemi Martins receives treatment

"I haven’t had the opportunity to work with Martins closely because since I came back to the national team he has not been able to show up," he added.

"His excuses have been injury but I think he is injury-prone. He needs to work more on his fitness. He's small in physique and plays in attack so he is prone to knocks.

"The only way you can keep playing at that level is to be very, very fit and to stay away from all the social vices.

"I'm not saying that is what’s involved but it is a clear criteria if you want to stay at the top of your game all the time."

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