The 23-year-old signed for the Rams from Peterborough United in the summer for an initial £3 million fee (Sky Sports) though that could rise in the future depending on bonuses and sporting objectives completed.
Marriott arrived without a proper pre-season and thus featured sporadically over the first two months, but now he has started the Rams past two matches – grabbing two goals and an assist.
After his match-winning display for Derby against the Blades, several supporters felt he reminded them of former Rams heroes Dean Saunders and Bobby Davidson with his movement and eye for goal.
Marriott’s goal reminded me so much of Dean Saunders, getting across in front of his defender and feathering it in. We have a proper striker for the first time in what seems like a lifetime! #dcfc #dcfcfans— Andy Allen (@ajallen75) October 20, 2018
Great win, so much better second half! Marriott was exceptional with his runs today. Deserved goal.. #dcfc— Mr. Gunstone (@josh_gunstone) October 20, 2018
Brilliant second half. Huddlestone brilliant. Think we’ve got a gem of striker in Marriott. Good cross from Forsyth, however too many mistakes in his game. Great 3 points. Bring on WBA. You rams! #dcfc #dcfcfans— James Cotton (@jcotton87) October 20, 2018
The loanees are really exciting, of course, but Jack Marriott is our player and a big part of the future of #dcfc. Have heard fans of a certain vintage whispering about Bobby Davison. Just maybe....— Derby County Blog (@derbycountyblog) October 20, 2018
Bobby Davison, Dean Saunders, Dean Sturridge, Steve Howard, Chris Martin.......step forward Jack Marriott. Pure goal scorer, top striker, new #dcfc hero, cracking signing by FL.— Chris Smith (@cspaceram) October 20, 2018
Oh Bobby, Bobby, Bobby Bobby Davison - oh Jackie, Jackie, Jackie Jackie Marriott - loved Bobby, Marriott so much like him in every aspect, seems only right he inherits the chant @SouthStandRams @dcfc_live @dcfcfans— Ian Giles (@ITG11) October 21, 2018
Bobby Davidson was an important figure during Derby’s rise in the 80s, scoring 83 goals in 208 appearances for the east Midlands club as the Rams climbed from the third tier to the top division under Arthur Cox.
Marriott’s movement, willingness to run off the ball and pressure defenders added with his natural goal threat will surely made him a fans’ favourite at Pride Park – and potentially the club’s best striker in years.
After finding the net 22 times for Luton Town and later 27 times in 44 games for Peterborough, Marriott will score goals when given the opportunity and it’s up to the Rams’ fellow attacking players to provide him the chances.
Frank Lampard's side's victory over the Blades momentarily takes them up the fifth place in the Championship, four points off top spot ahead of back-to-back away games at promotion rivals West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough.