Some Sheffield Wednesday supporters are opening their arms to a move for the former Derby County striker Chris Martin.
Martin’s Derby contract expires at midnight on Friday, with the Rams admitting that they have not been able to agree a new deal with the 31-year-old.
Wednesday have seen three centre forwards in Martin’s physical mould – Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham and Atdhe Nuhiu – depart since the end of June.
And the following Owls fans are discussing whether the Norfolk native would be a useful addition to Garry Monk’s team.
— Will Quince (@WillQuince1) July 31, 2020
— Grant Roberts (@GrantR_1867) July 31, 2020
Thought the same. He’s definitely a Monk type player.
— ReeshS1867 (@ReeshS1867) July 31, 2020
Yeah defo agree would be a good signing and something we have defo missed
— Danny Jones🦉🦉 (@Dannyajones1867) July 31, 2020
Definite upgrade on Nuhiu as a regular performer, maybe not as good as fletch, but less injury prone. I’d happily give him a 1 year deal with option for a second…though I suspect other clubs will happily offer 2-3 year deals
— Steve Clay (@StevieClay) July 31, 2020
Folk wanting young hungry players then saying sign this geez hahahaha https://t.co/zXbiTlpcBh
— Joseph (@JosephO__) July 31, 2020
Whether or not the barrel chested frontman will feature on Sheffield Wednesday’s summer transfer wishlist remains to be seen, with the Owls believed to be looking at younger, hungrier recruits this year.
But the stats suggest they could do far worse.
Martin may be 32 in November, making him older than both Wickham (significantly) and Nuhiu.
But the Scotland international’s 11 goals and six assists for Derby in the Championship last season (more than Wickham and Nuhiu managed for Wednesday combined) suggest he is still relatively fresh.
And in terms of their overall record in England’s second tier, it is Martin who has made direct goal contributions most frequently (around one every 2.5 games on average).