Could Carabao Cup snub signal the end for Chris Martin's Derby career?

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.

Derby County striker Chris Martin did not make the trip to Scunthorpe United.

Chris Martin of Derby County celebrates after scoring his teams fourth goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Hull City on April 5, 2016 in Derby, United...

Derby County striker Chris Martin’s career at the club appears to be all-but over after he was left out completely for the trip to Scunthorpe United in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Martin was once viewed as one of Derby’s best players. After signing in the summer of 2013, he went on to score 42 Championship goals over the next three seasons while adding several assists too.

The former Norwich City man was instrumental in Derby’s line-up. He was the pivot up front, bringing the wide players into the game and allowing former midfielders Craig Bryson and Jeff Hendrick to push forward.

 

The Rams, however, missed out on promotion to the Premier League under Steve McClaren and Paul Clement. After those three years, it was all change and Martin soon found himself out of the first-team picture.

Over the past three seasons, he has made just 28 Championship appearances for the Rams, mainly as a substitute, and has scored just one goal in that time.

Martin has had loan spells at Fulham, Hull City and Reading, but none have led to a permanent transfer away from the club and his contract at Pride Park expires next summer.

Phillip Cocu’s arrival as manager in the summer prompted some speculation of a potential return to the side. Martin even impressed in pre-season, linking up well with fellow striker Jack Marriott.

Derby County manager \ head coach Phillip Cocu during the Pre-Season Friendly between Derby County v Girona at Pride Park Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Derby, England.

But so far, he has been left out of Derby’s Championship games while the trip to Scunthorpe saw Cocu turn to the youngsters rather than offering Martin one last chance to show what he can do.

Martyn Waghorn, Jack Marriott and Mason Bennett provide enough options to cover the centre-forward role. When or where will Martin get another opportunity in a Rams shirt?

With the transfer window closed, the 30-year-old has missed his chance until January at least to find another club willing to offer him another taste of Championship football.

Chris Martin of Derby County shoots at goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Burton Albion at iPro Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Derby, England.

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