Hull City

In Profile: Chris Martin

31 August 2018
Chris Martin initially came through the Academy ranks at Norwich City, making his debut at the age of 18 in a Carrow Road encounter with Wolves in January 2007 before scoring goals in four successive league games the following month.

Martin soon earned a reputation as a striker with a formidable physical attacking presence and a proven eye for goal and he totted up 117 appearances for the Canaries, scoring 34 goals in the process to help guide City to back-to-back promotions from League One and then the Championship in 2009/10 and 2010/11 respectively.

During his career at Carrow Road, he also enjoyed loan stints at Luton Town, where he scored in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win at Wembley at the tender age of 20, Crystal Palace and Swindon Town before a permanent move to Derby County in 2013.

The six-foot forward became the Rams’ top goalscorer in every one of his first three seasons at Pride Park – recording 25, 21 and 15 goal hauls in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively.

His physical presence, ability to hold the ball up and bring people into play saw Martin become an instant favourite with Rams’ fans as the side finished third in the table, but his 25-goal haul made him an indispensable player.

Twice he earned top-six finishes with Derby during that three-year period before a loan move to Fulham in 2016/17 saw him continue his free-scoring form; once again Martin guided a side into a play-off place by achieving double figures in the goalscoring charts at Craven Cottage.

However, Martin endured a frustrating 2017/18 campaign, scoring once in 29 appearances for the Rams, whilst also netting once in ten appearances whilst on loan at Reading in the second half of the season, and arrives at the KCOM Stadium with somewhat of a point to prove as he looks to showcase his obvious goalscoring talent in black and amber.

Although he has yet to feature at senior level this season, the 29-year-old frontman has played for the Rams’ Under-23s, scoring once in three Premier League 2 appearances.

On the international front, Martin was eligible to play international football for either England or Scotland, where his father was born. He represented England at Under-19 level in 2007, scoring two goals in four appearances during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite qualification campaign.

Seven years later, he was called up by Scotland, making his senior international bow against Nigeria at Craven Cottage in May 2014. He scored his first international goal with the opener in a 6–0 win against Gibraltar before grabbing his second and third goals against Malta and Slovenia during the Scots’ 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.