Should Wolves Make A Move For Derby County Striker Chris Martin?
As per latest reports from the Daily Express, EFL Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers are considering the possibility of making a move for Derby County striker Chris Martin in the January transfer window. The report also goes on to add that the Rams are interested in taking Wolves winger Ben Marshall and the table toppers are considering the possibility of a swap deal.
Wolves have been rampant in the English second division and have been playing some brilliant football under the tutelage of Nuno Espirito Santo. They have accumulated 47 points already from 20 games, having registered 15 wins and 2 draws.
Goals haven’t been a major concern for Nuno’s men as they have netted a total of 41 goals so far this season, which is the highest by any team in the division. The likes of Leo Bonatini and Diogo Jota have been scoring for fun, having found the net on 11 and 9 occasions respectively in the Championship.
Despite their exploits up front, the lack of a proper out and out striker to act as a backup for Bonatini is something that the club should look to address in the January window. Here’s where the interest in Chris Martin comes in.
The 29-year old hasn’t been getting a lot of playing time at the Pride Park this term, having just started 4 games in the Championship. In all, Martin has made 21 appearances in all competitions and has managed just a solitary goal and assist apiece.
While those returns aren’t all that great, the fact that the Englishman is someone who knows the division very well and has proven himself time and again should make Wolves take the plunge and sign him. In over 270 appearances in the English second tier, Martin has scored a total of 81 goals and 34 assists and knows how to cut it out at this level.
Last season, playing on loan at Fulham, he fared much better, having netted 10 goals in 30 starts in the second division, indicating that he has plenty left to offer. Add to that, his immense experience will only benefit what is a relatively young Wolves side. Martin is someone who is proven at this level, has loads of experience and will prove to be a solid backup for the manager to fall back on should Bonatini suffer an injury or go through a rough patch.
Considering the fact that Rams boss Gary Rowett is interested in taking Ben Marshall away; a player who has played only 6 times in the Championship for the Wolves (with just one of them being a start), a swap deal for Martin would be more than a decent deal for the club.