Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins wants starting role at Rubin Kazan

The striker is hoping to get more playing timeat the Russian side so that coach Stephen Keshi can look his way for the national team matches in June
By Babajide Alaka

Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martins is hoping he can convince Rubin Kazan boss Kurban Berdyev that he still deserves a regular starting berth, with his cameo appearance for the club in their 1-0 loss away to Kuban Krasnodar on Sunday.

The former Wolfsburg of Germany striker told that he is eager to play as much as possible for the club but admits he may be tempted to discuss his recent bench role with Rubin Kazan boss Kurban Berdyev.

"I'm always at my best when I'm playing regularly. I know I've got a lot to give. I just want to be on the pitch and let my football do the talking," Martins said.

The fit again Martins whose season has been blighted with injuries and has been dropped to the bench for Rubin's last three games opined that he's still an important member of the squad's title charge despite being forced to accept more of a supporting role this term.

Rubin are 11 points adrift of leaders Zenit St Petersburg and two points behind second place Spartak Moscow but the former Newcastle striker believes his side can still nick the second spot to qualify for next season's Champions League.

"I'm unhappy with the results and the fact that I didn't get to play 90 minutes," Martins continued.

"I'm fully fit and if I can score eight goals in pre-season why can't I score more goals for my club? I want more playing chances under my coach, and this same issue is affecting my career with the Super Eagles. I'm trying hard to be patient but it is not easy," he added.

Martins has netted twice this season for Rubin in the Europa League but has failed to score in the Russian league in five games a fact which is worrisome to the former Inter Milan striker.

"I need more time on the pitch to end that goal drought in the league. There are no small teams in the Russian League, it's a very competitive league. But I hope I get selected in the next game on Wednesday against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian Cup and it would be nice to score against [Obinna] Nsofor's team to justify my inclusion in the team," he concluded.