Former Derby County striker Nick Blackman has taken to Twitter to post a video of him scoring the winner for Barbados in their 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League tie.
Blackman endured a torrid three-and-a-half years at Derby following his £2.5 million move.
The Rams signed the 29-year-old from Reading in January 2016. At the time, Blackman arrived as one of the Championship’s leading scorers, netting 11 goals in 25 games.
But he failed to replicate that sort of form at Pride Park. The striker scored just one goal in 29 games, prompting the club to move him out on several loan deals.
After his contract expired, Blackman was released. He quickly found a new club in Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, and as of last month he has become a full international with Barbados.
Really proud to play for Barbados.
Scoring the winner last night was special. 🇧🇧 pic.twitter.com/Rqev9o1Uqn
— Nick Blackman (@nblackman89) October 13, 2019
Where did it go wrong for Nick Blackman at Derby County?
Barbados are currently competing in the Nations League. Blackman scored twice against Saint Martin, and now he has grabbed another against U.S. Virgin Islands.
The standard is much lower than the former Derby player’s true level. Nevertheless, he will be proud to lead his new nation to three wins from their last three matches.
At Derby, Blackman was arguably the victim of too much change at Pride Park. He was signed by Paul Clement, who subsequently got the sack less than six weeks later.
Nigel Pearson, Steve McClaren, Gary Rowett and Frank Lampard followed as his new managers. Each had their own idea, and Blackman was ultimately cast aside.