Chris Martin loving the Premier League, despite the competition

Chris Martin is enjoying his shot at the Premier League, as City's competition for a berth up front hots up.

The Beccles-born striker started City's last two top-flight games and put in combative performances, as well as twice coming close to opening his account. Yet with Steve Morison and Simeon Jackson both scoring while away on international duty last week, and summer signing James Vaughan in contention for his City debut having recovered from a pre-season knee injury, Martin knows getting a first-team start for any player at Carrow Road this season will be an achievement in itself.

'I'm enjoying it massively,' said the City Academy product.

'I was slightly surprised to start against Stoke but I feel I did well enough and played against Chelsea as well, so I'm buzzing with playing. It gives me confidence to be picked like any other player in the Premier League. But it's not enough just to be picked. Personally I want to be scoring goals and the team wants to be winning games.

'The competition is very big when you see the list of strikers at the club and we're all competing for perhaps two, maybe one place – maybe even three places depending what formation we play. But we are versatile as well. Every single striker is different from the next one. It can only help the team because we can play in so many different styles and everyone has different things that they bring, so the competition is massive.

'That's the biggest thing this year that's improved from last year – the competition in the squad. If everyone is playing well and doing well in training it can only spur the players on that are playing, knowing they have to perform otherwise there are options to change that.'