Martyn Waghorn says he’s learnt a lot about himself over the course of Derby County’s 2019/20 season.
Waghorn is Derby’s leading goalscorer during the campaign with 12 goals from 41 appearances in all competitions.
The striker was an ever-present in Phillip Cocu’s side in the Sky Bet Championship prior to the break in the season, which came into play last month, owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The latest update from the football authorities on the state of play for the season came at the end of last week, where the EFL, Premier League, FA and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship collectively agreed to postpone its football competitions until it is safe to resume.
The break in play has given Waghorn, 30, time to reflect on the season so far from an individual and team perspective.
The former England under-21 international has netted 25 goals from 85 appearances across all competitions since his arrival from Ipswich Town in August 2018.
Speaking to RamsTV’s Owen Bradley via Zoom last week, Waghorn said: “I’m in the mindset that we have nine games to go and still a chance of getting in the play-offs.
“On the flip side, if it is our season done with then it’s been a crazy season for various reasons.
“For me personally, it’s been another learning curve of a season and I have learnt a lot about myself during the season.
“I have said that a lot recently, but I still believe I am developing and learning a lot of things. This year has been one of those years.”
Waghorn’s versatility in attack has proved to be influential for Derby during the campaign.
As well as being able to perform down the middle in attack, he has also been utilised from a wide attacking role.
The former Sunderland youngster says the season has made him realise what type of player he is for the team.
He explained: “I’ve fitted into a slot in terms of who I am and where I play.
“With the situation we’re in, it’s made me realise what type of player I am for Derby County. I’ve been fortunate to play a lot of games and contribute with goals.
“This season has been a good challenge, there have been some aspects that I’ve not come across, but I’ve really enjoyed it again.”
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