Steve McClaren Could Go After His Former Striker At Derby


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

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.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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95 comments so far

  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #1

    That’s e 87th transfer rumour.

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  • chanty

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #2

    anybody from the Derby squad we haven’t been linked with, jeez

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  • overtheline

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #3

    wdftta

    I make it nearer 150 – it was 90 odd end of lsat week.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #4

    jail

    yes sorry i was totally 100% responsible for the sack pardew campaign, it was just me, I acted alone, no one else felt the same, just me.

    What a relief you don’t bang on endlessly on one theme only, as that might make some people think you were a bit of a tagnut.

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  • overtheline

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #5

    pot kettle Rotonda :V

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  • lesh

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #6

    If we can’t get any of our top targets signed….

    If we can’t? Can’t?

    There’s no reason why we shouldn’t get them through the door if the offers are attractive enough.

    Maybe it’s a case of won’t get our top targets signed up!

    Will somebody put a bomb under Charnley’s backside before he near takes us down – again!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Rotonda,
    Never said you were solely responsible for the sackpardew.com campaign. Just hinted that you thought you were some kind of failed football coach and A badge bell end !

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Macas
    Absolutely.

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  • lesh

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Ffs

    Even at £6m he’s worth getting over and above a couple of proven strikers. He’ll provide extra backup where we’re thin on the ground.

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  • Bri

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Chris who? Will he score the goals to keep us in the league ,i doubt it.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Chris Martin is pretty pap to be fair. He’s one of them ‘hold the ball up’ strikers that will grab you a goal here and there. Certainly wouldn’t want him as a main man but as a back up to come of the bench he could be effective.

    Really cant be doing with all these bollocks players.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Am so relieved Pardew Carver and Stone left. I dont really get it why Woody is still here. But will keep him for now. Want him to leave too.

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  • switch365

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #13

    So the latest rumor puts has us apparently showing an interest in Chris Martin.
    Well … though I can’t deny it would be a lovely sight to possibly see Gwyneth Paltrow wearing our famous black and white stripes in support of her former hubby.
    I somehow get the feeling that Rivierre might be more of a threat than the Coldplay frontman 😉

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Right players. I think Mcclaren meant to first access his players then sign the right players. Not really meaning attitude.

    Just a thought.

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  • mactoon

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #15

    It just sums up the ambition of the club’s new era if this is the level we are reduced to. Just pay the 15 million for Austin then go for Bamford for gods sake.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #17

    I liked Chris Martin more around the time when Coldplay released ‘Parachutes’, the more recent stuff I can leave. Here’s a little known song he wrote , I believe it goes a little something…like….this…..

    Who Hell He Who Hell He Who Hell He
    Who Hell He Who Hell He Who Hell Hee-ee,
    Who Hell He Who Hell He Who Hell He
    Who Hell He, Who – Hell – He?

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  • bobby mango

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Wow,totally excited about this.

    What’s the betting we’ll get to this point next week and still not have signed anyone.

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  • Bri

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Maybe there are some top strikers amongst the NUFC supporters who would like to sign on the dotted line.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Yawn. Another lazy link.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #21

    it’s that time of day Belfast.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Belfast it’s almost like you’re saying anyone could do this blog lark 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 3, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #23

    I think Jeff could pilot a pretty interesting blog.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Maybe we should just hang fire on the speculation, let’s just give Steve and his new crew a couple of months, let him put Willo, Gouffran, Dummett, Obertan etc through their paces, see if they can be turned into elite footballers. He’s an ex England manager you know.

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  • swemag

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Looks strong enough and skilled enough. Will score and cause problems for defenders in the PL as well.

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  • widowmagandapoke

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Paper talk. Not worth the paper…. Sorry the pixels it’s printed on.

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  • Jib

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #27

    The words of the new Supermac.
    You cannot say you were not warned

    “I know the anticipation is already out there and that you want to see new players coming through the door immediately. That is natural. For me as head coach, however, it is so important that the right players come through the door. However long that takes, I want to make sure that we have just the type of people who can come in and force us forward.”

    Softly softly catchee monkey

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  • Jib

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #28

    I think people will be surprised by the improvement in lots of players.
    However unless they can now do brain transplants , Obertan is a lost cause I’m afraid.

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  • swemag

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #29

    West Ham paid 12 mill for Valencia last year and he gave them 4 goals in 32 games.
    I am sure this guy will get at least 10.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #30

    I already run a blog Skunki nufcdigest

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  • swemag

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #31

    @ Jib

    So you think McClaren could do something about the following:

    Vuckic?

    Marveaux?

    Curtis Good?

    Riviere?

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #32

    I think there’ll be a signing on Sunday

    Maybe not for NUFC but I think there’ll be a signing

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  • Belfast

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Nufcindigestion sorry

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Look at all the changes to how the club operate! Learning lessons left right and indeed centre!

    Jib
    How can McClaren not know where the team is weak? Graham Carr, the scout we believe in, is sat beside him. Sounds like more guff

    Am getting steadily less patient again with this “club”

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  • Belfast

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Breakthrough next week or the week after that Optimistic prime

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  • Jib

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Swemag
    Curtis Good is the only current toon player to have played in a Final at Wembley.
    He has been out for months with a hip injury.
    If he is improvable (is there such a word) then Steve is the man to do it.
    Certainly there was a certain something about Riviere’s play to think there was a decent player hiding in there somewhere.
    Marveaux and Vuckic certainly have potential.

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  • Bri

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #37

    gotta feeling we’ll end up with 3 or 4 nobodies before the season start.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #38

    I reckon oenfold will unvail several new signings at the FF with a meet and greet !

    Sausage rolls, jelly, the full shebang

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  • aussiemag

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Same old shit linked with every player under the sun and we get 3 frees a day before the window slams shut.

    Ambition is on the rise at Newcastle if we are truly going for Championship players LOL

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  • Krul To Be Kind

    Jul 3, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #40

    The reality is, we’ve been shit for years, 52k + crowds is the only thing to draw top players.

    I think Wijnaldum is a shoe in

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