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Wolves Targeting This Derby County Striker: A Smashing Move In The Offing?

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

As per one of the latest reports by The Express, Wolverhampton Wanderers are keen to sign Derby County’s striker, Chris Martin, in January to beef up their attacking arsenal. Moreover, the report also claims that the Wolves might tempt the Rams to let Martin leave Pride Park Stadium by throwing fringe man, Ben Marshall, into the scheme of things, as Gary Rowett’s admiration for Marshall isn’t unknown to the football fraternity.

Under the tutelage of Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wanderers have been absolutely fantastic so far this season. They have indeed resembled like a side capable enough to clinch the Championship silverware and earn a promotion to the Promised Land of Premier League. Having played 19 league games so far, they are placed at the top of the Championship table with 44 points to their name, which is a testament to their form this season.

Their attacking arsenal has been quite dazzling, to say the least, with Leo Bonatini and Diogo Jota firing them with sheer perfection. While Bonatini has smashed 11 goals and has registered 5 assists so far, the latter has found the back of the net on 9 occasions and also has 4 assists under his belt. To keep their momentum up and running, adding more quality up front would make a lot of sense.

Martin is someone who has plenty of experience under his belt. He emerged through the youth ranks of Norwich City and was eventually promoted to the senior side of the Canaries wherein he made a name for himself. He was initially signed by Derby County on loan in the January transfer window of 2013, before making a permanent move in the summer of the same year.

Last season, the Scottish international spent his season on loan with Fulham and cultivated a fairly decent season with them as he scored 10 goals for the Cottages in 30 games. However, this season hasn’t really gone as per the plans as he has been handed merely 4 starts by Rowett, apart from 15 substitute appearances, and he has been able to score merely one goal so far.

Espirito Santo does need some addition to strengthen his cause further and get a notable back-up for the likes of Bonatini and Jota. He is under contract with Derby County until 2020. Luring Martin to the Molineux would inject more competition as well and Wolves do have the cash to splash to acquire the services of the 29-year-old.

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