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A Cottagers Contemplation: Martin, Should he stay or should he go?

In this latest addition of A Cottagers Contemplation, I explore the Chris Martin situation that has been inflicted on the club.

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Fulham's on-loan striker Chris Martin, is seemingly pushing towards a return to parentaclub Derby County.

Fulham Head Coach, Slavisa Jokanovic has been left in a sticky situation surrounding the remainder of Martin’s stay in West London, although the Serbian has been given the endorsement of backing by the club's board.

Is Martin feigning injury?

Reports suggest that the Scotsman is out of action due injury, however official word from the club's medical team suggests that no apparent injuries have been found.

Unjust feelings

The feeling throughout the fanbase is that the want-away forward is disrespecting the Head Coach, the club, and the fans themselves. The forward who has netted 7 times for The Cottagers, may have scored his last goal for the club, just as the 28 year old found a purple patch of form.

Fulham v Huddersfield Town - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images

There is a sense of under appreciation from the target man, after being given a chance of a rejuvenating his career by Slavisa Jokanovic.

Martin was cast aside at Derby by Nigel Pearson, before Steve McClaren's reappointment at the club. McClaren has since expressed his desire of a return of the Scottish international.

Jokanovic has proclaimed that Martin will remain a Fulham player for the rest of the season.

Deciding factors

Regardless on whether Jokanovic remains adamant with his decision, the Serbian is already in need of strengthening his attacking options and will be in need to find a couple of replacements to bolster the squad’s promotion push.

You have to acknowledge the fact that he has been pivotal in spearheading the side, that has become the second highest scoring side in the league, however there is a risk of the ‘Ross McCormack effect’ reoccurring.

You have to question whether the con’s outweigh the pro’s in this predicament, disruption and unsettlement within the camp, brings with it the risk of the squad under performing, in what could prove to be a crucial few months for the club.

Slavisa Jokanovic has to reach a conclusion on whether the risk of squad disruption merits the implications of a personal dispute.