Jack Marriott: Striker on a mission
When it comes to League One, goals are usually in plentiful supply. Still, when your side is scoring more than enough it is a great feeling. One player in particular has been finding the net more than anyone else this season. That would be Peterborough United's Jack Marriott.
The Posh striker has bagged 18 goals this campaign after 28 league appearances. He has another five in cup competitions. Participating in every league game is what a player would hope. Being League One's top goal scorer is something else. Marriott has scored five more goals than Rotherham's Kieffer Moore and Portsmouth's Brett Pitman. His 83 shots are 13 more than Wigan's Nick Powell. His 54 on target are threatening to lap the 35 from Oldham's Craig Davies. His 2,480 minutes amount to three-and-a-half hours more on the clock than Walsall's Erhun Oztumer. In short he's been a work horse.
With Peterborough in eighth place, his contributions have the side in the playoff hunt.
Marriott signed his first professional contract with Ipswich Town. He only suited up twice with the Tractor Boys, being loaned out to four different clubs over three seasons. There were three spells at Woking alone. No player likes Woking alone. Other clubs included Gillingham, Carlisle and Colchester. Although he had that slight glimmer of hope he might get into the Ipswich side on each return there were no plans for him at the club.
He finally forced a move. His next chapter would lie with Luton Town.
Plying his trade in League Two with the Hatters he instantly made himself known. He scored 14 league goals in 40 appearances. He suffered a sophomore slump the next campaign, netting only eight times. The 2016-17 campaign would be his last for the club. Peterborough beckoned.
The East Yorkshire-born striker is gaining popularity and attention with his quality and durability. Along the way he has registered a hattrick against Bristol Rovers, braces against Rotherham and Bradford. He even scored a double in the 3-1 FA Cup win over Aston Villa, taking United to the fourth round. The Posh then drew Leicester City at home.
Manager Grant McCann was responsible for signing Marriott. Peterborough fans have been elated with the Belfast boss' gift. Class will out. Without Marriott, the Posh would not be so, well, posh.
Marriott hasn't been the only goal scorer at the club. Other strikers such as Marcus Maddison and Morias Junior have pitched in for 10 goals Another five come from Gwion Edwards and Michael Doughty in midfield. Defenders Steven Taylor, Ryan Tafazolli and Jack Baldwin have also contributed at the other end.
Just 23, Marriott has potential. It isn't difficult to see him doing well in the Championship. With a bit of refinement he might even find a Premier League club. He looks set to help Peterborough either through promotion or a nice return on its investment. The question is how long he can remain so consistent and whether McCann should consider resting him for the stretch.
It would be very interesting to see what happens in the summer. Regardless where Peterborough finishes in the table, Marriot's current pace has him threatening to score 30. A season like that will take a young player a long way.