Even as he moves towards the latter stages of his career, David Nugent still offers a unique attacking threat as well as crucial experience.
With nine goals in all competitions last season, he was Derby County’s highest scorer behind Matej Vydra, and it was his partnership with the Czech forward that caught the eye throughout the campaign.
Vydra set up Nugent for three of his goals, whilst the striker also laid on four goals for his teammates over the course of the season.
Nugent’s playing career began at Bury and after a prolific first half of the 2004/05 season for the Shakers in League Two, he made the move to Preston North End in the Championship.
Nugent achieved two play-off finishes with the Lilywhites and after two-and-a-half successful seasons at Deepdale he sealed a move to then-Premier League side Portsmouth in the summer of 2007 for a reported fee of £6 million, where he went on to win the FA Cup in his first season.
Nugent spent a season on loan at Burnley in the Premier League during 2009/10, before scoring 14 times during the following season during Portsmouth’s return to the Championship.
His next move came in the summer of 2011 as the striker joined Championship side Leicester City as a free agent and he went on to score 59 times over a fruitful four-year spell with the Foxes.
He scored 16 times in the 2011/12 and 2012/13 campaigns, before bagging 22 as Leicester won the Championship title in 2013/14.
Nugent was on the move again in the summer of 2015, returning to the Championship with Middlesbrough in a £4 million deal. He scored eight times, including a crucial winner against promotion rivals Hull City, as Boro secured automatic promotion on the final day of the season.
Nugent earned 14 England Under-21 caps and he has a one cap, one goal record at full international level, after scoring for England in a 3-0 Euro 2008 qualifying victory against Andorra.