A number of Derby County fans have been bemoaning the lack of predatory instincts from Martyn Waghorn following the Rams’ frustrating 1-0 defeat at Bristol City on Saturday.
Waghorn was named upfront by Wayne Rooney and the rest of the coaching staff as the Rams headed into their first game without Phillip Cocu. The forward has got off to a slow start to the campaign so managing to register just two league goals and one assist so far for the Rams in seven appearances (Sofascore).
Often against Bristol City, he was isolated and dropped deeper to try and get involved in the game which meant that at times he was not in and around the box when the Rams produced a few dangerous deliveries into the penalty area.
That highlights his lack of predatory instincts in and around the box, with the forward more of a supporting attacker than the main striker.
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Waghorn’s struggles were also compounded by the fact that he lost possession 12 times throughout the game and he only had 30 touches of the ball (Sofascore). Despite this, the Rams are likely going to need to persist with him upfront until they can potentially bring in a new striker in January.
Many Derby fans were left frustrated with his lack of suitability to the lone forward role, while one supporter even questioned the forward’s value to the squad since he joined the club.
Here then, we take a look at some of the reactions from Derby fans to his performance on social media…
— Arttire (@arttireoriginal) November 21, 2020
— Gav (@Gav1981) November 21, 2020
Waggy was poor last season missing loads of chances, this season older and slower. Lawrence shoots when he should cross or pass and crosses when he should shoot.
— Abu Derby Ram (@HiltonSuperRam) November 21, 2020
If we are going to persist with Waghorn as our main goal threat – which tbh is a bit of a joke but there we are – can one of the numerous coaching staff teach him how to get in goal scoring positions. Try going near the white post things #dcfc #dcfcfans
— Paul King (@paulkingmumbai) November 21, 2020
How did we pay 12 million for Waghorn and Lawrence #dcfc
— Joe Barrell (@JoeBarrell309) November 21, 2020
Does waghorn not know how to play centre forward #dcfc
— Rammie (@Rammie007) November 21, 2020
Does Waghorn not feel the need TO BE IN THE BOX #dcfc
— TEERATH (@badwaltirath) November 21, 2020