McClaren: Chris Martin is lucky to play for Derby County

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren says that Chris Martin has benefitted playing for a Derby County side who provide him with so much service.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren says that star striker Chris Martin is lucky that he is playing for the Rams.

The front-man notched 20 times last season and already has five to his name this time around, but McClaren insists that Martin owes a lot to his teammates. 

Although the 25-year-old has hit the back of the net of regular occasions, his manager feels this is because of the quality of service that he has been provided rather than Martin's ability to forge chances for himself.

"He is lucky he is playing with a team that gives him the ball in the right areas," McClaren told the Burton Mail.

"His first goal [against Bolton at the weekend] was a typical Chrissy Martin goal; a run across the near post and a flick in. It was a real goalscorer's goal.

"He will be the first to admit it is because of the team and the service he gets from the others..

"People around him and behind him played very well. All he has to do is stick it in the net!"

Despite taking some of the headlines away from his striker, McClaren must be pleased with the form the striker has shown.

The former England manager does describe his main-man up-front as a natural goalscorer, but he is correct that he is benefiting from being in a side who have so much creativity.

Derby have been transformed since McClaren arrived, and they now play some of the best attacking football in the division.

That was the reason they were instilled as the bookies' favourites to win the Championship title before the season started and they have already proven they are likely to be competing at the top of the table in May. 

Although it took a while for Derby to click into gear, they are at full-throttle now and a win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday pushed them even closer to the automatic promotion spaces. 

If they are to fulfill their ambitions then they will need to continue this form and the goal-scoring talents of Martin are likely to be crucial to that, as the season progresses.

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