Martyn Waghorn is now in his third season at Derby County and has been a key player since arriving at the club in the summer of 2018.
Waghorn joined the Rams from Ipswich Town ahead of the 2018/19 campaign and he has contributed with not only his goalscoring prowess but also his teamwork and selfless never-say-die attitude.
Utilised down the middle as a central striker or out wide, Waghorn scored 13 goals in the 2018/19 season, Frank Lampard’s only campaign in the hotseat, and followed that up with a further 12 in the 2019/20 season.
In the two campaigns combined he also contributed with eight assists.
Both managers have seen Waghorn as a key player and he has been a near ever-present throughout his time as a Ram.
Waghorn netted his first hat-trick in English football in Derby’s 6-1 win over Rotherham United in March 2019, which made history for the football club.
It was the first time Derby had scored six goals at Pride Park Stadium since its opening back in 1997, and the striker had a huge part to play in that.
Waghorn started his career with Sunderland but found opportunities limited before joining Leicester City on loan. He netted 12 times on loan for the Foxes before joining the club on a permanent basis in 2010.
He spent four years at the King Power Stadium but in that time enjoyed time on loan with Hull City, Millwall and Wigan Athletic. He later joined the Latics on a permanent basis and after a season at the DW Stadium he moved north of the border to Rangers in 2015.
In his two seasons in Scotland, Waghorn’s goalscoring record was impressive. He netted 44 goals in 78 appearances and helped Rangers secure promotion back to the top-flight of Scottish football.
His clinical streak continued as he moved to Portman Road at the start of the 2017/18 season. He finished Ipswich’s top goalscorer with 16 goals before his move to the Rams.
Waghorn’s early career also saw him capped by England at Under-19 and Under-21 level.