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‘Flashes of absolute brilliance’ – Derby County man’s first season in the Championship: Opinion

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Derby County could well be set for a run at promotion themselves this season after hitting a decent run of form at just the right time.

At the time of writing, the Rams were neck and neck with Middlesbrough in contention for the sixth spot in the Championhship, with a crucial game in hand something they could well use to seal the deal.

Frank Lampard has probably not got the credit he deserves in all honesty for his first season in charge with the club, especially given he’s not quite had the same financial backing as previous managers might have got at Pride Park.

The former Chelsea man has made some good signings for the club, including that of striker Jack Marriott, who has found his first season in the Championship a challenge but has seemingly adapted pretty well to the step up.

But just how well has Marriott done when you actually take a step back and analyse his performance a bit more?

Our writers here at FLW had their say on how they think Marriott has done in the Championship…

Lee Connor

“Look, he’s hardly set the world alight has he in all honesty, but he won’t be too disheartened either.

“Ten goals across all competitions is not to be sniffed at, and at 24 he’ll be thinking he can only improve and go on to fire in more goals for the Rams.

“He’s got the chance at being a Premier League player if everything goes well over the next few weeks, so it can’t have been too bad a first campaign for Marriott.”

Alfie Burns

“There have been flashes of absolute brilliance earlier in the season, and although things have got difficult, Frank Lampard will be reasonably pleased with his striker.

“Adapting to a new division is never easy, particularly for a goalscorer, but Marriott has done well enough.

“The signs are there that this transfer could be a very successful long-term.”

George Harbey

“It has been a season of two halves for Marriott at Derby.

“In the first half of the campaign, he was simply on fire and was absolutely fantastic when leading the line for the Rams.

“But he has endured a difficult second half of the campaign, with Waghorn stepping up to the plate in recent times.

“He will surely looking to improve next season.”

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