Martyn Waghorn is one of a number of players who faces an uncertain future at Derby County, with the forward’s current contract being set to expire come the end of the current campaign.
A seasoned Championship level player, Waghorn has been in and out of the side under Wayne Rooney at Pride Park and could well be keen to take his leave come the end of his deal as he looks to see out the final few years of his career as a regular starter.
He has started 16 league games up to now for the Rams and has been used largely as a wide target man out on the right as this allows the attacker to cut inside onto his favoured left foot to shoot, however his performances for the most part have left a lot to be desired.
His lack of quality from wide areas has seen him dropped to the bench recently, with his poor crossing ability letting him down on numerous occasions.
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At the age of 31, Waghorn is neither quick enough or agile enough to make a real impact out wide on the flanks and as a result he must be moved into a central forward berth in order to prolong his career into his mid-30s.
Whether his future lies in the Midlands beyond this summer is anyone’s guess as realistically speaking any transfer he makes now will almost certainly be his last pay day and as a result he will surely be weighing up his options before hearing what Rooney’s plans are for him going forward.
The Derby boss has shown a tendency to show more faith in younger pros since taking on the role and that is something which follows the philosophy of the club in recent years and as a result it could mean that a lot of the older pros at Pride Park will be deemed surplus to requirements going forwards.
This summer will be Rooney’s chance to really shape his squad the way he wants it and as a result there will be casualties, with Waghorn sure to be among those under consideration for an exit.