The BBC have published quotes from Peterborough United chairman, Darragh MacAnthony, stating that his club have already rejected 3 bids from Derby County for Jack Marriott, but that a deal could still be done.
Jack Marriott only joined Posh last summer, but after a remarkable season of goalscoring in League One, plenty of Championship clubs are now interested in his signature. Frank Lampard’s Derby County are apparently leading the way.
The ex-England midfielder is not the only new manager in the Championship in need of a striker this summer though.
Marcelo Bielsa, the new boss at Leeds United, is also on the lookout for a goalscorer, and Marriott would fit the bill nicely at Elland Road.
Leeds’ striking options leave plenty to be desired. There aren’t many in terms of numbers, and those who are around, such as Caleb Ekuban, aren’t making the grade.
If Bielsa is serious about making this Leeds outfit genuine promotion contenders, then he needs a prolific forward to join his squad this summer.
Marriott has proven himself to be exactly that in the third tier, having scored 33 times last time out. At only 23-years-old, and with all of the qualities he demonstrates, there is no reason to believe that he couldn’t replicate that form in front of goal at Championship level too.
The arrival of Marriott could transform Leeds’ fortunes going forward. What’s more, the Englishman looks to be an affordable option too. Transfermarkt value the Peterborough man at only £315k, though in actuality his signature would certainly cost a great deal more than that.
If Leeds were to move for Marriott, this could easily becoming a bidding war between themselves and Derby. It is a battle that Bielsa should be going all out to win though.