Two Players Derby County Should Look To Sell In The Coming Days – Including This Club Legend
The owner of Derby County Mel Morris has recently made it very clear that he wants to balance the Derby County squad. At the moment it is a little bloated and full of players who will not get a look in with the team playing so well. If Derby were playing incredibly badly then the situation might be different and the players on the sidelines could come and replace the current first team and freshen up the side.
But as things stand, Gary Rowett has no reason to change the team. It is clear that certain players are desperate for more game time and they might have to move on. Some Derby fans may be sad to see them go, but a team like the Rams need to start preparing for the future and the possibility of breaking into the coveted Premier League. Here are two players who Derby should look to sell.
One of the players who appear to be out the door is club legend, Chris Martin. He has been a true servant to the team since 2013, scoring 25 goals in the league in his first full season with the club. However, he doesn’t seem to fit the system that Rowett likes to play. The manager prefers his front players to be more mobile and link up players, and anytime Martin played under Rowett, he has looked isolated and perhaps a little lost.
When he returned from his ill-fated loan spell at Fulham at the beginning of this season, I believe a lot of the fans thought that this would be the return of the prodigal son to help us finally take the step up to the Premier League, but it wasn’t meant to be. The fact that he is being linked with Sunderland shows you how far his stock has fallen. Rams fans will be sad to see him go, but like so many before him, his time has come.
It might also be the end of the line for his fellow Scottish international Ikechi Anya, who was brought in by Nigel Pearson on transfer deadline day 2016. It is unlikely that many Rams fans will lament his passing in the way they will for Chris Martin. Anya never really got going in a Derby shirt.
He came into the team at a time when it was really struggling for form and even then, the 30-year-old failed to hold down a place for himself in the squad. He is so far down the pecking order that it is a rare sight to even see him on the bench. His performances for Scotland have shown flashes of the player he can be and perhaps he can prove that at another team.