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‘Exactly what we need’, ‘Great signing’ – Why Derby County optimism at 2018 recruit was slightly misjudged

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It has been a forgettable season for Derby County’s Jack Marriott, with the striker scoring just two goals in 29 Championship appearances so far.

In fairness to the 25-year-old, injuries haven’t helped and many of those outings have come as a substitute, so it’s slightly misleading.

Nevertheless, it still emphatically proves that Marriott hasn’t made the impact that many would have hoped at Derby. And, he only managed ten goals in his first campaign at Pride Park.

Whilst that was a decent tally, it’s nothing special and his record since signing from Peterborough of 12 goals in 65 league games makes for pretty grim reading.

And, as we see for our FLW Rewind, that’s not what many Rams supporters expected when the East Midlands confirmed they had won the race for the in-demand striker.

Such excitement was understandable. That’s because Marriott had scored 27 goals for Peterborough the season before and had proven himself to be one of the most ruthless finishers in the Football League.

Plus, Marriott had performed well in the cup games and his two goals against Aston Villa in the FA Cup, where he troubled John Terry, suggested he was more than capable of handling the step up.

But, it hasn’t really gone to plan. As mentioned, Marriott has struggled to establish himself as a regular over the past 20 months and he has a lot of work to convince Phillip Cocu that he should be the main man at Derby.

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That’s not to say Derby should write Marriott off though. At 25, he still has his best years in front of him and his movement and sharpness always causes problems.

Ultimately though, Marriott needs to do more to force his way into the team and then take the chances that come his way because so far his spell at the club has been underwhelming after the initial optimism.


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