Martin is one of the best strikers in the Championship, and former West Bromwich Albion youngster Thorne speaks highly of him.
“He is our striker,” the 22-year-old midfielder told the Shoot Magazine. “He is our go-to guy for the goals and the man we rely on to pick up the majority of our goals.
“The way we play, it suits Chris down to the ground as well. The way he brings in players and holds up the ball, our attacking players will run on off him and join in with each other.”
Martin has been playing well for Derby this season and has scored eight goals in 14 Championship appearances.
During the 2014-15 campaign, the 27-year-old scored 18 goals and created 53 chances in 35 league matches.
The 27-year-old former Norwich City striker will be hugely important for the Rams this season.
Derby are aiming for a top-two finish in the Championship in order to gain automatic promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
Martin’s goals will be very important for Paul Clement’s side to fulfil that objective.
Derby are fifth in the Championship table at the moment with 30 points from 15 matches, just a point behind leaders Hull City.
The Rams will take on Nottingham Forest away from home at the City Ground in the league tonight.