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Jack Marriott has made the step up to League One seamlessly with Peterborough, and sits comfortably at the top of the scoring charts. The 23-year-old is in the best form of his life, and Posh will do well to keep hold of him next season.
Marriott began his career at Ipswich, signing his first professional contract in February 2013, and made his debut on the final day of the 12/13 season, as a 61st minute substitute against Burnley.
In November 2013 he joined Woking on loan, and enjoyed a very fruitful spell, scoring nine goals in nine games for the conference club.
He then was loaned out to League One Gillingham until the end of the 13/14 season, but managed only one appearance and was recalled before the end of January.
He finished the season on loan at Woking again, but was unable to match his earlier season form, managing four goals in 15 outings.
Marriott was then loaned to Carlisle in August 2014, making five appearances before returning to Ipswich.
For the third time in his career he was loaned to Woking, and during his five-month spell found the net five times in 24 games.
He was then loaned out to Colchester until the end of the season, making five appearances before returning to Ipswich. On his return he was informed he would not be getting a new deal, and was released by The Tractor Boys in July 2015.
Marriot then signed a one-year deal with Luton then of League Two. His early season form saw him get a contract extension until the summer of 2017, and he enjoyed a great debut season notching 16 strikes in 44 games. At the end of the season he was named Luton’s player of the year and was given a new three-year deal.
His second season failed to live up to expectations, as he was in and out of the starting XI and endured two lengthy goal droughts throughout the season. 12 goals in 47 games wasn’t a terrible return however.
Peterborough then swooped in and signed Marriott on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. His form this season has been exceptional, so far netting 25 goals in all competitions. Clubs further up the pecking order have shown interest in the striker, but Peterborough are holding firm and are looking for big money to part with their top scorer.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Marriot is a striker who combines intelligent movement with blistering pace to trouble defenders up and down the country. He has the ability to get in between opposition centre backs and times his runs to perfection, getting in behind defences and one on one with the keeper.
Perhaps Marriot’s strongest attribute is his finishing. Marriott is a natural goal scorer, who keeps calm under pressure and can finish confidently with either foot. Another key strength is his ability to control the ball quickly, and get his shot off early, often not giving defenders or keepers the chance to intervene.
Standing at only 5 feet 8 inches, Marriott is poor in the air and very rarely challenges in the air with any success. This is an area he could improve, as despite his height he could still be a danger in the air, and this would add another string to his bow.
What They Say
Grant McCann- ex Peterborough manager
“I’m really pleased with Jack, He’s such a grounded boy, he doesn’t let anything get in the way of his football or his training and we’re delighted to have him.”
Nathan Jones- Luton Town manager
“We believe he’s going to get better and better and he’s one that will grow with us. Jack’s a young, hungry player who wants to learn. He ticks all the boxes for what we are trying to do here at Luton Town. He’s secure here and wants to do well for the football club.”