A striker's job is to score goals because goals are the most important thing.
Conor Sammon brings plenty of energy to the team, but not nearly enough goals. This season it hasn't mattered as much because goals have come from all around the team, most notably Chris Martin with 17 league goals and Craig Bryson with 12 from midfield.
However the recent drying up of goals at the iPro has made it glaringly obvious that Conor Sammon isn't the man to get Derby a goal when they need one. The striker has found his chances limited this season, and did contribute a couple of important goals earlier in the season – the winner against Watford in October and again against Middlesbrough in December.
But chances are passed up too often for a striker playing in a team in the top three. A bright display against Burnley after Martin was sent off didn't result in a goal, and a late chance against Bolton more recently should have been put away to get the Rams three points.
I feel bad even as I write this, because that's how you feel when a player gives his all and it still isn't good enough. But looking ahead to next season, whether Derby are playing in the Premier League or the Championship Sammon just won't make the cut. Chants of 'feed the fish and he will score' no longer ring true.
It will be interesting to see if McClaren sees Sammon's future at Derby, after speaking of the importance Mason Bennett will hold to the team next season. McClaren is a fan of Sammon for the same reasons I am, his work ethic and attitude. But these traits don't seem to be getting him goals and as a team hoping for promotion, goals will be of the utmost importance next year.
The majority of Derby fans have been patient with Sammon after his £1.2 million move, but the money spent hasn't been equal to the goal return and time may be up for Sammon.