Jack Marriott was signed for Derby by Frank Lampard at the beginning of the 18/19 season, expected to be the main man but his time so far has been a fairly turbulent one.
Marriott is a natural goalscorer, at Peterborough he racked up 27 goals in 44 games and finished as Sky Bet League One’s top goalscorer resulting in Derby signing him for an undisclosed fee in July 2018.
Last season, Marriott scored 10 league goals in 36 games as well as scoring two goals at Elland Road as Derby turned it around against Leeds United to reach the play-off final.
So far this season, it hasn’t gone Jack Marriott’s way.
He has been involved in eight out of ten games so far but has only racked up 552 minutes. In this time Marriott has only contributed one goal and one assist.
When Marriott has played, he has struggled in the lone striker role which Cocu likes to play with, getting bullied by defenders and his inability to hold the ball up and get Derby forward has been worrying.
When Marriott had joy last season, it was in a two forward system, especially the play-off game against Leeds where he played his best football so far in a Derby County shirt.
Marriott currently possesses a 26.7% shot accuracy, hitting the target just over once every four shots, for a striker this is a fairly average record, and he has only had 17 touches so far in the opposition box and he will be hoping to rectify that when he next gets his chance from manager Phillip Cocu.
Along with the average shooting record, Marriott has only won 31.5% of his duels, whether that be aerial or on the floor, this goes back to the fact of Marriott being bullied and struggling to play on his own up front, which ultimately suggests he needs support from another front man, a possible relationship with fellow strikers Martyn Waghorn or Chris Martin could be the only way Marriott gets back to his best.
However, you get the feeling Cocu will be reluctant to change his play style to adapt to one individual player.
Jack Marriott’s influence does look like it is getting less and less at Derby and it may be time for him to move on if Phillip Cocu can’t find a way to fit him into his plans, with the recent form of Chris Martin, it would be increasingly difficult to bring Marriott back into the side.