Jack Marriott has only been on Peterborough’s books for 12 months but there already appears to be a host of clubs interested in securing his signature this summer, one of whom is believed to Crystal Palace.
Standing at just 5’8, the 23-year-old striker has been truly prolific for Posh since joining them from Luton Town last summer but with the undisclosed fee paid by chairman Darragh MacAnthony believed to have been around £500,000, you can see why a club of Peterborough’s stature are open to such a quick sale when the price being quoted is £6.5 million.
Given the fact that Palace are joined by Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Leeds United in holding out hope of landing Marriott this summer, there is a chance that MacAnthony is anticipating a mini bidding war for the diminutive frontman, with a tweet he sent a month or so ago even suggesting that Marriott would be perfect for Palace, before suggesting that they would probably be far more likely to go abroad than take a punt on him.
Regardless of the fact that he’s been plying his trade in the third tier, a return of 33 goals in just 56 games is mightily impressive by anyone’s standards. Yes, at times he has been said to still look a little raw but given the fact that he’s still just 23, there’s plenty of scope for further improvement in his game over the years to come.
With all of Palace’s three current strikers fitting comfortably into the stereotype of the physically imposing target-man, Marriott would present a complete contrast in style. Much like Dwight Gayle, who of course also came from Peterborough back in the summer of 2013 and a certain Andy Johnson before him, Jack would allow Roy Hodgson to opt for a number of “little and large” partnerships at the head of the side, should he so wish.
It’s impossible to know if a player who has never operated successfully above League One level truly has what it takes to thrive in the Premier League but if Roy and Dougie Freedman are open to making a move for him at that price, I certainly wouldn’t be against it.
Watch this space.