If Newcastle cannot get some of their top striker targets through the door this summer don’t be too surprised if Steve McClaren goes after his former striker at Derby County – 26 year-old Scottish International Chris Martin.
Chris was born in Beccles, Suffolk and joined his home town club Norwich City back in 1998 as a 9 year-old and came through the ranks at Norwich.
Chris Martin – Derby County striker
Martin had loan spells at Luton, Swindon and Crystal Palace to get some first team games and in total he played 114 first team games for Norwich City but only five of those were in the Premier League.
He scored 32 goals and 14 assist in total at Norwich City before he joined Derby on loan in January of 2013, and finally joined them permanently in that summer as a free agent, after his contract at Norwich had run out.
So he’s been there since Steve McClaren took over and in the last two season he’s scored 46 goals in 97 appearances for Derby, but of course it’s a big step up to play in the Premier League.
But it didn’t prove a problem last season for two strikers playing their very first season in the Premier League – Charlie Austin at QPR and Danny Ings at Burnley.
Chris’ contract at Derby runs through 2018.
Chris did so well in his first season at Derby that he was called up by Scotland for a friendly against Nigeria at Craven Cottage, and he came on at half time to get his first cap – and he so far has 6 caps for Scotland.
Chris qualifies to play for Scotland because his father was born in Glasgow.
The 6’1″ tall striker shouldn’t be too expensive, but since he’s English there will probably be an inflated fee put on his head, and that’s especially true if Paul Clement wants to keep him at Derby – which is likely.
The figures we’ve seen for him are around £6M, but Newcastle would only go after this player if we cannot get strikers like Charlie Austin, Bas Dost or Aleksandar Mitrovic through the door.
Chris is primarily a striker but he can also play out on either wing, and in his career he has made 305 total appearances, mainly in the Championship and League One, with 100 goals and 46 assists.
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