Among the millions of pounds splashed in the summer transfer window, Derby County opted for an alternative use of the market. The Rams signed Sam Winnall on a season long-loan from Sheffield Wednesday. The question is; Can Winnall’s renowned form make a comeback for Derby?
Sam Winnall’s Remarkable Record
Since August of 2013, only two men have scored more English football league goals than Sam Winnall. Impressively Winnall has scored 67 goals since 2013, spanning between his tenure at both Scunthorpe United and Barnsley.
Most notably, Winnall enjoyed fond success during his time at Barnsley, especially the 2015/16 season. Scoring 23 league goals for the Tykes, as they won promotion back to the Championship as well as the Johnstones Paint Trophy. Furthermore Winnall would also score in Barnsley’s play-off semi-final victory over Walsall, en route to Wembley.
Prior to signing for Barnsley, Winnall also became a cult-hero at Scunthorpe United. As the Irons won the League 2 title in 2014, Winnall finished as League 2’s top goal-scorer.
While strikers are constantly praised for finding the back of the net, Sam Winnall offers more than just goals. Boasting a respectable high work-rate, Winnall is a strong team-player who feeds off his team-mates. Additionally Winnall is also capable of finding pockets of space, to which he can present himself goal-scoring opportunities.
When it comes to scoring goals, few in the EFL make it look easier than Sam Winnall. As I have elaborated on his goal-scoring record, that alone is enough to justify his ability. Furthermore Winnall also possesses a two-footed ability in-front of goal, something he can capably use.
Hasty Move To Loan-Out Winnall?
Having only signed for Sheffield Wednesday in January, Winnall played just 15 games for the Owls, scoring four in the process. However the former Tykes striker did come back to haunt his old club, scoring a goal at Oakwell in last season’s South Yorkshire derby.
While the Owls have the likes of Gary Hooper, Jordan Rhodes and Steven Fletcher full of fire-power, one has to wonder why Winnall was shipped out? Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal admitted he does see a future for Winnall at the club, despite loaning him out.
Derby County fans: Will Sam Winnall’s famous form spring to life for your side this season? Let us know your thoughts.