Curtis Davies says anybody can lead the line at Derby County. David Nugent, Chris Martin and Sam Winnall have all started for the team in recent weeks as the manager found best. Martin started the new term before Nugent replaced him. He netted twice against Bolton but he has been replaced by loanee Winnall.

Winnall scored as Derby played a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City but against Cardiff, he struggled. Martin was called on but the game ended in a goalless draw. Coach Gary Rowett does not have a stable pick, rather he calls anyone that can get the job done. With the East Midlands derby match against Nottingham Forest, there is no known man to lead the pack.

Davies opines that the happenings play in favour of the club as there is a “good mix” of strikers. He says it means the striker’s role is up for grabs as the four different players jostle for it. He adds that there is also top scorer Matej Vydra aside Winnall, Martin and Nugent.

“We’ve got Vydra who’s a tricky player; we’ve got Sam Winnall and Nugent who are the only two that are quite similar. They work hard, get in the box and score goals. Chrissy Martin is a stand up, hold it, player. He has good quality to him and brings other people in the game,” Davies said comparing the options upfront.

The former Hull City defender joined this summer on a two year deal but he is focused on helping Derby through the Championship season. He insists that the club stands to gain the most from the rotation upfront as the players are pushed to impress when they get any opportunity.