Derby County are reportedly not offering a new contract to experienced forward Chris Martin according to The Athletic.
The 31-year-old has made 217 appearances in total for the Rams, and has spent previous seasons out on loan elsewhere in search of regular minutes.
But he was given a lifeline with Derby in this year’s league campaign, and has repaid the faith shown in him by Rams boss Phillip Cocu by being on hand to score 11 goals and provide his team-mates with seven assists.
Martin is out-of-contract with the club at the end of the season though, and it seems as though he’ll be searching for a new club in the summer, with no new deal on the horizon anytime soon.
The report from The Athletic claims that Derby are looking to reduce the wage bill at the club in the near future, with recent off-the-field events calling an abrupt halt to this year’s league campaign.
We take a look at THREE reasons why Derby’s reported decision on Martin’s future is the wrong call.
He’s got an impressive record this season.
There will have been doubts as to whether Martin would have been able to cut it with Derby this season, but he’s silenced his doubters.
The forward has scored 11 goals and been on hand to provide seven assists in all competitions for the Rams this term, which certainly makes for impressive reading.
He’s a player in good form, and would surely be wanting to continue his career with the club heading into next season.
He knows the club well.
Martin has been with the club since 2013, so it’s fair to say that he knows the club well.
Therefore, he knows where the club will be wanting to be in the future, and is the sort of player that the club should be keeping in and around the squad for his influence both on and off the pitch.
He’s an experienced member of the squad, and you would imagine that the experience he has could have a positive impact on some of the younger members of the Derby team.
Will Derby find a better replacement in the market?
With recent off-the-field events calling this year’s campaign to a temporary halt, there will be uncertainty for some clubs heading into the summer transfer window.
Clubs are likely to be cutting costs to save money, which is clearly something that Derby are looking to do if they’re willing to part company with Martin in the near future.
However, you have to question as to whether there will be an adequate replacement for the experienced striker in the transfer market.