Hull City boss lauds Derby County loanee Chris Martin

A general view of Pride Park Stadium on July 27, 2013 in Derby, England.

Hull City signed striker Chris Martin from Championship high-flyers Derby County on transfer deadline day.

Chris Martin of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Hull City at iPro Stadium on September 8, 2017 in Derby, England.

Hull City lost two of their most important and experienced players on free transfers this summer. Michael Dawson returned to Nottingham Forest while Abel Hernandez sealed a protracted move to CSKA Moscow.

Thankfully, however, Hull managed to get two signings over the line on deadline day to compensate for Dawson and Hernandez’s departure. Tommy Elphick, a loanee from Aston Villa, should fill the former Tottenham captain’s boots but Martin has a big challenge replacing The Tigers’ prolific Uruguayan international.

Martin was Derby County’s undisputed number one striker a few seasons ago but has tumbled down the pecking order of late. In the last two years, he has spent just a few months at Pride Park either side of spells at Fulham and Reading.

 

And Martin clearly was not in Frank Lampard’s plans either. The 29-year-old did not feature in any of Derby’s first five Championship games under the former Chelsea midfielder.

Although it seems his new manager at Hull does recognise the talents of the Scotland international.

“Looking at Chris in training on Friday when he was doing some shooting and finishing, he looked exceptional,” Nigel Adkins told Hull’s official website.

Hull's head coach Nigel Adkins looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Brentford at KCOM Stadium on December 9, 2017 in Hull, England.

“With the international break he’s got two weeks of training with us before our next game. He’s played three games for Derby’s U23s this season and he’s looking in good nick.”

Martin’s exit was little surprise after Derby brought in Martyn Waghorn and Jack Marriott from Ipswich and Peterborough respectively. And he now has a chance to show Lampard what he is missing.

Chris Martin of Reading dejected at full time during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 2, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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