Under the management of Phillip Cocu this season, Derby have been going through a transition period.
Inconsistent form during the first six months of the season saw the Rams sit closer to the relegation places than mid-table, but a turn around in fortunes at Pride Park has significantly seen the club move up the Championship standings.
Whilst Derby’s earlier season problems may have frustrated fans, the position they find themselves in now could see the end with a play-off place.
Performances and improvement from the likes of Tom Lawrence, Martyn Waghorn and Duane Holmes have all helped the cause, whilst the arrival of Wayne Rooney in January has massively helped Cocu develop a side who can compete.
The turn in form has not worked for everyone though, and former Peterborough striker Marriott is continuing to struggle for playing time and consistency.
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The 25-year-old has started 10 games in the league this term, whilst also appearing from the substitutes bench on 19 occasions.
29 appearances in total have seen Marriott appear in 1000 minutes this term, but his statistics have been less than impressive – netting two goals and gaining two assists.
Chris Martin and Waghorn have both been preferred to Marriott so far, and it is highly unlikely that the striker will receive playing time when football returns after the recent postponement.
So, where does Marriott go next?
Having a contract at Pride Park which runs until the summer of 2021, surely he will now be considering his future at the club and asking Cocu if he has a future.
It is highly doubtful that the answer to that question will be yes, meaning Marriott could force a summer transfer.
Without doubt a whole host of Championship sides will be keen to make a move, whilst League One sides could also make a play to bring him in to the club, considering his previous career stat of scoring 33 goals in one season for Peterborough in the 2017/2018 season.
Things just simply have not worked out for Marriott this term at Derby, and though he was played more by former boss Frank Lampard – he has never really got off the ground at the club.
13 goals last term was moderately good, but Cocu will be looking for a player with more consistency and impact as he either looks for promotion to the Premier League next season, or in fact a top flight season, if his side can complete a dramatic turnaround.