Not many fans around the Championship will deny the East Midland’s title challengers – Derby County and Nottingham Forest – the right to claim their influential front men are amongst the best, if not the best, in the division.
As it stands, Nottingham Forest’s summer signing, Britt Assombalonga, is the division’s top goalscorer with an eye-watering eight goals in 10 games. However, Chris Martin isn’t far behind with a steady six.
The argument Derby fans have, however, is that Chris Martin has more impact on the all-round team performance and, although his goals are a major asset, he brings a lot more to the team – but are they right?
We take a look at the important statistics between the two players and make judgement on which of the East Midland’s based strikers can hold their head highest regarding their start to the season.
Both players, unsurprisingly, have been at the forefront of the action for their teams and have completed the full 90 minutes in each and every game, amounting to 900 minutes played.
The Forest striker, as previously mentioned, is the division’s top scorer and has outscored the Derby man by two clear league goals. However, apart from the goals scored statistic, the Derby County striker wins in the rest of the categories.
The most telling numbers with regards to each player’s style of play is the total passing statistic which Martin wins hands down with three times as many passes.
Both strikers will unquestionably be in the hunt for the division’s golden boot this season, but who will have the bigger impact for their club as the season goes on?