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Derby County may have to part ways with a fan favourite this summer, despite him leading the Rams in one statistic.

Derby are gearing up for a historic day on Saturday lunchtime. The Rams can gain promotion to the Championship by getting at least a point against Carlisle United.

Promotion back to the second flight, despite spending no money over the summer, would be a fantastic achievement for Paul Warne.

Several players may have played their final game at Pride Park as he seeks a fourth promotion, having previously achieved three with Rotherham.

Once it is determined which league Derby will play in next season, Warne will have to decide the fate of 12 first-team players whose contracts expire in June.

Conor Hourihane, Joe Wildsmith, James Collins, and Louie Sibley are among the players the Rams’ manager may consider keeping in the Championship, but Martyn Waghorn should be released.

Derby County should let Martyn Waghorn depart this summer

Waghorn is one player whose contract at Pride Park will end in the summer.

Arriving for his second stay at the club, the Derby fan favourite started the season in fine style, scoring five goals in his first four games, including a hat-trick against Peterborough.

Many expected the “incredible” 34-year-old to emulate the exploits of his first term, when he scored 26 Championship goals in three seasons, but injuries has prevented him from continuing.

He missed 16 games due to a calf injury and has yet to score since returning to the team at the end of February, albeit only starting one of those games.

Given that he is in his mid-thirties and Derby want to move up to the Championship, they should part ways with the striker, despite him finishing second in League One, which is an excellent figure.

Martyn Waghorn’s goal per minute record

With Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Collins anchoring Warne’s attack line, it’s surprising that Waghorn ranks so high in terms of goals per minute.

Despite only making nine league starts this season, the former Peterborough United striker averages one goal every 125 minutes, trailing only Portsmouth’s Kusini Yengi (97 minutes per goal).

This statistic demonstrates that Waghorn is clinical when given opportunities; yet, this does not justify his signing a new deal in Derbyshire, as the Rams will be trying to strengthen their forward line while reducing the average age of their squad.

 

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