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​Swansea boss Martin reveals discipline behind Obafemi omission

Swansea boss Russell Martin admits ill discipline may be a problem for Michael Obafemi.

The former Southampton forward moved to the Swans in August for a modest fee.

However, he has struggled to nail down a regular place in Martin's team, and the coach has revealed that disciplinary problems could be at the root of Obafemi's absence from the team.

Martin said after his team's 4-0 loss to Bournemouth: "Michael understands why he's not in the squad, he agrees that he shouldn't be in the squad, it's nothing major.

"We're here to try and improve players. It's such a strong group culturally. We spend a lot of time talking and he understands he needs to be better in a few aspects to become the player he wants to become and to become the person he wants to become.

"We have to really try and help him to get there. Too often in football, you're expected to sign someone, a young man on a good contract then just play football, it's not the case.

"He needs more support from us, he'll get it and he'll become the player we think he can be and he wants to be.

"But there are certain things you have to make sure you do to be in the squad. You have to behave every day like what you are, a professional footballer.

"He's done nothing major but there's stuff we need to help him with.

"He's disappointed. I'm disappointed he's not here, but performance doesn't come before culture, it's the other way around. He'll get there and I'm sure he'll be back involved soon.

"It's just a few disciplinary things in terms of the way we train, time keeping and it does matter, unfortunately.

"If it was Joel Piroe doing the same, even though he's our top goalscorer, it'd be the same consequence.

"That's where we're at. He understands and he respects it. He will be better for it because he's a really brilliant lad who hasn't been shown enough care or love for a while because of the position he's been in."


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