NEW signing Chris Martin is now in an environment where he can rediscover his love for football, according to Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio.
The striker signed on loan from Norwich last week and made his debut as a first-half substitute, in place of the injured Andy Williams, during the 4-1 home victory against Yeovil on Saturday.
Di Canio said that Martin will improve both his diet and his fitness while he is at Swindon, but he also suggested that he plans to help the forward recover his passion for the game.
“Chris did very well, even if he knows we have to help him to eat less food and train a bit more,” he said.
“He knows we can joke about that.
“You can see from his first touch and the way he kicked the ball and the way he used his body and created chances, he’s a footballer.
“It’s obvious that he has to find again the motivation and desire.
“Probably in the last few years he didn’t find the environment that helped him to give his best.
“We can help him.
“He’s come into a very good environment with a group of fantastic lads with the intention to be a protagonist all season.”
Danny Hollands also made his first appearance in Swindon colours against Yeovil, coming off the bench to replace John Bostock with 20 minutes remaining at the County Ground, and Di Canio was very impressed by what he saw.
He said: “I’m very happy. It’s obvious that Hollands has got more football in his legs because he’s played regular football this year.
“When he came on you could see he is a cool midfield player and he is already settling himself with the rest of the team.
“He tried to lead in the middle and this is what we need in the future.
“We will try to help them understand exactly what’s going on here, not only on the field but also out from the field because it’s crucial to work well and keep discipline, to behave as a professional.”