Departure Lounge round-up
Lee Hendrie arrived as the first transfer window closed at the end of August 2009, in a deal that seemed more about getting Jordan Stewart on his way. Despite being with the Rams for nine months, Hendrie will rival Dave Walton in the mind of many Rams fans as a forgotten man. Despite some obvious quality when he did appear, the fact that Henrdrie started only one more league game than Bryan “oh yeah, him” Hughes tells you all you need to know about his Rams career. He was possibly unlucky with injuries at times when he might have played but for whatever reason, Clough clearly didn’t fancy him, signing a succession on loan midfielders during the season.
The Best of Times Substitute appearances against Bristol City and West Brom lifted the Rams at the right time to gain four late points.
The Worst of Times The signings of not-too-dissimilar Bryan Hughes and Lee Johnson were clear pointers to where Hendrie’s Rams career was heading.
Although a minor deal, selling Lee Camp for around £200k and replacing him with Lewis Price (same age, similar fee) was simply an awful bit of business by Billy Davies. We are well aware of what Camp is up to whilst Lewis Price was last seen on the bench in League One. To be fair, Price played nine matches during our Premier League season and didn’t disgrace himself (well, he did against Sheff. Wednesday in the cup but redeemed himself in the replay shoot-out). Jagger seemed to prefer him to Bywater for a while but that seems an eternity away now.
The Best of Times His debut against Liverpool on Boxing Day would have been the perfect debut had Benny Fail-harder bothered to track Gerrard.
The Worst of Times Things looked bleak for Lewis when he was dispatched to Brentford for the season. Things got worse when Brentford decided to sign another loan keeper to replace him.
Hunt took a couple of matches to settle in but during the Rams January purple patch, he looked absolutely top class. Very good on the ball and strong at the back. He seemed nailed on for a season loan next year but then suffered a dip in form. The problem with Hunt is that he looks scruffy and unathletic so is an easy target when not playing well. It was a problem at Bolton and it became one at Derby where a couple of poor performance were never really forgiven. Overall, he served us well.
The Best of Times When on his game, his first time passing and crossing showed why he’s played so many Premier League games.
The Worst of Times After being subbed against Ipswich, he went straight down the tunnel, only pausing to remove his shirt. Not a crowd pleaser.
Sunu was apparently a long term target for Derby but was definitely underwhelming during his end of season spell. Seemingly unprepared for the rough and tumble of the Championship, Sunu was often completely bypassed by the match around him. He showed glimpses of quality…but was usually flat on his face seconds later.
The Best of Times His goal at Reading, although completely overshadowed by our goalkeeping capers.
The Worst of Times Being subbed at half-time at QPR. We saw very little of him after that and Clough decided to sign Cywka.