Jack Marriott is attracting interest from all over the Championship, with Forest and Derby allegedly fighting over his signature.
The race will doubtless intensify as the summer drags on, but what could Marriott bring to the side he joins? Derby have Matej Vydra, at least for now, but if he moves on it will be one 20 goal striker for another.
For Nottingham Forest, it is a bit different. They need goals, perhaps one thing they were lacking badly last season. Their leading scorer in the league was Kieran Dowell, a midfield player.
So, how does Marriott shape up against the man he’s likely to replace at Forest, if he moves? 19-year old Ben Brereton has emerged from the Forest youth set up, but will he be able to rise to the challenge Marriott brings?
In terms of games, Marriott certainly played more times for his club last season, 44 compared to Brereton’s 35. In addition, Marriott’s were all starts, whilst Brereton started just 25 matches, coming off the bench in the other ten.
There’s no comparison at all in the goals for column, Marriott outscored his opposite number almost six to one. There may have been a different standard of football, but that could account for the 22 goal gap between the two players. Jack Marriott scored goals, Ben Brereton struggled.
Marriott bagged himself a hat trick, Brereton did not. Both players did strike once from the spot though.
Marriott also had more assists, but the figures are far closer. He made five goals for team mates, Brereton made three. Given the different level and the varying game time, those numbers actually favour the 19-year old.
Brereton is a more combative forward though, whilst Marriott only picked up one yellow card, Brereton had six to his name by the end of the season. He relishes the physical side of the game and for a young player, that is encouraging.
On average, Peterborough fans waited 145 minutes for a Marriott goal, whilst Forest fans endured 447 minutes between Ben Brereton strikes. It would seem that Jack Marriott is the more rounded and complete striker, but he’s four years old than Brereton with far more experience.
The numbers don’t favour Forest’s current forward, but that isn’t the whole tale. He’s 19-years old and has broken into the first team of a Championship side. He has a long and rich career ahead of him if he continues to develop and who knows, in four year’s time after a spell or two out on loan, he might have a 27-goal season too.
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