Four goals in three games: Should Paul Clement look to promote Offrande Zanzala?

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Derby County forward Offrande Zanzala looks to have a big future at the iPro Stadium.

Many Derby County supporters were left bemused by the lack of energy in the final third as their 10-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt at the hands of local rivals Nottingham Forest on Friday night. 

Influential forward Chris Martin wasn't at his best, and the impact it had on the side was clear to see as the Rams failed to carve out any clear-cut goalscoring opportunities. 

Despite having the likes of Darren Bent, Tom Ince, Craig Bryson and Jacob Butterfield on the bench, the real problem seemed to be the lack of urgency in an attacking sense, and it showed as the substitutions came on to have little influence on the game. 

The lack of a direct replacement for Chris Martin still seems to be an issue and quickly needs addressing should he get injured or, like on Friday night, struggles to get himself into the match. 

Paul Clement does have a potential solution at his disposal in Offrande Zanzala, who plays the 'Chris Martin' role for the under-21 side, so should he look to promote him to the first-team squad for the home game against Cardiff City in two weeks' time? 

Should Zanzala be considered by Clement?

Although Bent is largely considered Derby's second choice striker, he doesn't have the traits to play the role Martin does while Zanzala has proved himself capable in the U21 Barclays Premier League.

Zanzala, who stands at the same height as Martin, can play the physical holding role and does have the ability to bring others into play - an important trait should he be called upon by the former Real Madrid assistant manager. 

Against Forest, he could have allowed Martin to be replaced directly, without much disruption to the rest of the side, and offered another threat altogether without losing out on the physical presence up front. 

Nevertheless, as he is still 17-years-old and has fairly experienced competition ahead of him, it would have be a risky choice by Clement to put him in. 

If he continues his fine form at under-21 level, however, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him named on the Derby bench before the end of the season and looking to challenge the likes of Bent for a place in the Rams' starting XI. 

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