Nice Problems To Have
Following the recent minor hiccup in results and, relative, loss of momentum, it struck me that the Rams have one or two issues on the table at the moment. However it also struck me that the current issues of the day are of a significantly different type to recent history.
After the Norwich game, we had lost 3 of our last 4 games, the last 2 being narrow defeats against teams in and around us, and we dropped out of the play off zone. Whilst the nature of these last two defeats was gutting, we remain very much in the play off mix. This time last year we weren’t even in the mid table mix!
Ian Holloway recently stated that Blackpool could sign Varney (currently smashing up the Premiership) for £250k and there was nothing the Rams could do about it. Whilst Tom Glick has refuted this, lets not forget that in August we’d have happily paid Blackpool £250k to take Varney off us. So whilst it would be great if West Brom gazumped Olly with a £1m bid, lets not get too down if he just completes a move to Blackpool. Form is temporary!
Will Kris Commons sign his new contract? With his superb form this year, this is a major worry to all Rams fans yet, again, rewind a 6 months and most people would have been happy to see him slip away (and off the wage bill). No one has ever doubted his quality but the fact that Nigel has got him fit and firing, means that we now have the best player in the Championship as opposed to a perma-injured expensive luxury. Worse case we get £1.5m in January.
Talking of January, isn’t it nice to be talking of the transfer window in terms of the “stick or twist” promotion conversation as opposed to the annual, “who can get us out of the shit this year” angle of recent seasons.