Since his summer move from Peterborough United, Jack Marriott has found game time difficult to come by.
The 24-year-old has only managed 13 minutes in the Championship so far this season as a late substitute in the 2-0 win over Ipswich Town.
His only other appearances was in the opening week of the season in the League Cup win over Oldham, where he played 83 minutes.
Having scored 33 goals in all competitions for The Posh last year, the assumption was that he would be heavily involved in the Rams’ squad on a weekly basis.
It hasn’t workout out like that so far with manager Frank Lampard saying he can’t pick everyone, and Marriott is a casualty of that.
The Championship resumes this weekend with Derby travelling to the New York Stadium to take on Rotherham United.
With that said, we put it to Rams supporters on Twitter and asked them if it is time for Lampard to start Marriott this weekend.
????️ DERBY FANS:
Time for Lampard to start Jack Marriott for Derby on the weekend? ????#DCFC
— FLW News Hub (@FLWNewsHub) September 12, 2018
It was quite the majority that feel the summer signing deserves to start this weekend abasing the Millers, with 62 per cent of the vote with the opinion that the 24-year-old should line-up from the first whistle.
But do our team of FLW writers agree? We discuss…
Marriott needs time to adapt, and I think this weekend is still too soon for the striker.
Lampard has plenty of experienced options, so there is really no need to rush the ex-Peterborough ace.
A role from the bench might be the best option.
I would say it is too.
None of Derby’s strikers have made the spot their own as yet and so Marriott should get a proper chance to do exactly that.
He’s had a few minutes this year so this weekend against Rotherham could be the right time for him to play.
While Marriott could be a very effective player for Derby this season, I believe that at the minute Lampard should just stick with the same team that has won their last three league games.
It’s important to develop some consistency, and I also feel that whoever gets dropped for Marriott will feel quite hard done to considering the run they have been on recently.
I’d have him on the bench.
Derby have done well in recent weeks, and Lampard is right to ease Marriott into the first-team as he is stepping up a level with new teammates.
He will be an important player over the season but doesn’t warrant a start on Saturday.