If Frank Lampard had any doubts about the task of managing in the Championship, his opening results have left him in no doubt of the tough task ahead of him.
Goals have been hard to come-by and so the time may have come to give new signing Jack Marriott his chance.
The 23-year-old striker is yet to start under Lampard, so is now the time to give the player his debut against Ipswich midweek?
It could be time.
David Nugent came on and scored at Millwall so I think it’ll be him or Marriott that gets the nod.
The Rams have lost their last two and so a shake-up could be for the best.
I think this is the right time to give Marriott a place in the starting line-up.
Waghorn has failed to score in his first two games for Derby and Marriott will be eager to show what he can do.
The 23-year-old is a natural-born finisher and if he gets chances against his former club, he will take them.
However, I think Lampard will opt to start with Dave Nugent instead, after he scored against Millwall from the bench.
Absolutely, he has to start – Derby have looked a little shaky and Marriott has proven he knows where the goal is in League One.
Why would you sign a player and not play him?
Ipswich’s defence is made up of League One players isn’t it? The perfect foil for Marriott’s first team, debut.
The lad will score goals, but he can’t do that from the bench.
It’s worth a shot.
Martyn Waghorn has been awful for the Rams the last two games since his arrival from Ipswich, so he would be no great loss.
He has failed to impress and put in an abject performance against Millwall on the weekend before being subbed off.
Jack Marriott has yet to start for Derby in the league but it could be high time he does to give the Rams a different option in attack.
Whilst they say you shouldn’t change a winning team, the introduction of Jack Marriott is the one change I would make to the Rams starting side.
Not only would it give the squad a boost up top, with Marriott a better striker than Nugent, but it would also give a boost to the fans in the stands.
Seeing a new signing, especially an attacking player, start for the club can lift the atmosphere, which is what Frank Lampard should do.