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Chris Martin: The Ongoing Saga

On August 31st, Transfer deadline day 2016, Chris Martin penned a season long loan deal from Derby County to fellow Championship side Fulham.

Today he signed a new three year contract with parent club Derby to add even more fuel to fire that his behaviour has started at Craven Cottage.

Following the return of Steve McClaren to Pride Park, Martin made it very apparent that he wished to end his loan spell to team up with his former manager.

 

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Martin was Derby’s top goalscorer in his three full seasons prior to this loan

 

This season didn’t begin how Derby and Martin wish and as Nigel Pearson opted to play 4-4-2, the ‘Wardrobe’ struggled to find his best form.

The decision to release the big number nine came as a surprise to many DCFC fans but also had its fair share of those who saw it as a good move.

It freed up some wages, gave new players a chance and somewhat signalled the start of a new direction for the team.

Originally Martin had put pen to paper on a season long loan with Fulham having the option to turn it into a permanent deal, but this latest contract would suggest he only has one thing on his mind.

Under the stewardship of McClaren, Chris Martin has scored 40 goals in 80 games showing that he feels at his most comfortable playing to his tactical plan.

In the 4-3-3 formation the Derby manager likes to use, Martin was a pivotal player, as most passages of play would be  focused around his play.

It would be foolish to overlook his contribution in his original contract but at the time of his loan departure it felt inevitable he would be gone.

Now having returned to goal scoring form with Fulham, Derby hope this new contract will commit the player to a long-term future and turn down any offer from the London side.

 

 

 

 

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