Russell Martin says Morgan Whittaker has put himself in a “positive light” by scoring a hat-trick in Swansea City’s Carabao Cup win over Plymouth Argyle.
Rhys Shirley cancelled out Dan Williams’ opener at the Swansea.com Stadium as the second round contest looked destined to go to a penalty shootout.
But Whittaker struck three times in 11 minutes late on to ensure the Swans booked their place in the third round of the competition.
It comes after Martin held talks with his players over their roles at the club.
Speaking after the 4-1 triumph over the Pilgrims, Martin stated he has been impressed by Whittaker’s attitude in the opening weeks of the campaign.
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“He’s playing in a role that’s a bit different for him, as a lot of the guys are,” he said.
“But I thought he was fantastic. He’s got a lot to really work on, but he has a lot work with.
“He’s been great since we came in. Really positive. He has a lot of attributes. It’s about finding the best way to utilise him and tonight he’s done himself the world of good.
“I think that’ll really help him psychologically more than anything to really feel he’s learning that position and that he’s growing into it.
“He’s put himself in a really positive light.”
Swansea take on Preston at Deepdale on Saturday in what will be their final game before the international break.
Tuesday night also marked the beginning of the final week of the summer transfer window – with Martin still eager to add to his squad.
And the 35-year-old has revealed he held transfer talks with the club’s sporting director Mark Allen immediately after the triumph over Plymouth.
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“I’m looking forward to it [transfer window] shutting to be honest,” admitted Martin.
“One of the first conversations I had with Mark Allen off the pitch tonight after we spoke about the game was about a player we’re trying to bring in.
“That will continue. That’ll be ongoing. It’s a lot of conversation unfortunately before anything happens because we are looking at players other clubs are interested in because they’re good players, so that adds its own complications.
“Then you have to take everything else into account. We are working really hard at it and as I’ve said all along, we’ll bring in people that really add to the group we’ve already got, on and off the pitch, and not just for the sake of it.
“By the time we do any business, I’m sure we’ll be fully convinced that that person can help us.”
The transfer window closes at 11pm on Tuesday, August 31.
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