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.
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.
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