Derby County fans react to reports Chris Martin could return from Fulham

Derby manager Steve McClaren

Six months after departing, goal machine Fulham's Chris Martin could make a surprising homecoming to Derby.

The problem with taking a huge gamble in the final hours of the transfer window is that, if it blows up in your face, you end up looking rather silly.

And with Derby County still the lowest scorers in the top 15 of the Championship table despite engineering a remarkable run to take them to the verge of the play-off positions, they could be forgiven for wishing the clocks could be turned back to the evening of August 31st.

After all, Nigel Pearson’s decision to allow Chris Martin, the club’s top scorer for the last three seasons, to leave for Fulham on a season-long loan deal on Deadline Day rather sums up his legacy at the iPro. 

Derby County manager Nigel Pearson

Without Tom Ince’s tally of seven in his last ten league games, the extraordinary turnaround under Steve McClaren would surely not have been possible, especially with Darren Bent erratic, James Wilson injured and club-record signing Matej Vydra goalless since October 1st.

Derby County's Chris Martin looks dejected

The Sun claims that Martin, who has scored seven in his last 11 games, wants to return to the East Midlands for family reasons and is more than a little excited at the prospect of reuniting with McClaren after two prolific seasons under the stewardship of the former England gaffer.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic was understandably irate when asked about Martin's alleged refusal to honour his short-term contract at Craven Cottage, per The Sun;

“We are not a train station — you cannot get out where you want. I don’t know if he’s going to play for Fulham but he’s not going to play for Derby."

The last thing Fulham need, however, is a distraction and a player who could put the morale of the camp at risk.

And, at the end of the day, Derby want a goalscorer, Martin wants Derby. Sounds pretty much like the perfect solution, at least on one side of the fence.

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