Russell, Ward and Martin prove to be most prolific Derby combination

Derby County Huddle

Johnny Russell, Jamie Ward and Chris Martin prove to be the Rams most prolific front three, should they start against Bolton?

Derby County since the turn of the New Year seem to have loss their goalscoring touch and after suffering back-to-back losses without scoring a goal, there's a strong argument the Rams should go back to their original front three.

Patrick Bamford has proved to be a source of goals since his arrival from Chelsea, however, the statistics say his presence in the team starve other areas from the goals they were getting before.

Derby have scored just 12 goals in the 10 games Bamford has played in for Derby, which on average is a relatively low 1.2 goals per game.

Nevertheless, out of those 12 goals, the Chelsea striker has scored five of them. So its perhaps a little harsh to label him as the problem for Derby's lack of goals, or at least creativity.

However, after a relatively dry spell for the East Midlands club that earned a reputation for their free-flowing football earlier in the season, should they look to bring back their highest producing combination of Ward, Russell and Martin?

Chris Martin has been ever-present for Derby this season, scoring 15 league goals in 33 games. And it's no coincidence when he has been playing, the Rams have an average of 1.8 goals-per-game.

Similarly, striking duo Jamie Ward and Johnny Russell also have a 1.8 goals-per-game average for the Rams.

Dawkins is slightly behind with 1.7 goals-per-game and as previously discussed Bamford is way behind with only 1.2 goals-per-game.

Obviously the statistics in this case can be largely manipulated, due to substitutions and in many of the games attributed to the players all four players have been playing, like on Saturday for example, where Ward and Russell came off the bench.

However, with very little between the four wide-attacking options would giving Jamie Ward another crack at the whip, along with Johnny Russell be such a bad idea?

I personally believe Jamie Ward's introduction is a must, as he has proven to be the most creative out of the four wide options and he was ever-present during the run that saw the Rams gatecrash the play-off positions in the first place.

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