It’s usually C Spaceram who does the barometer (and always has done) but just for a one-off, here are the things that are hot and not in my DCFC world…
For the second season running, Ben Davies has shown tremendous bouncebackability to force his way back into the team and make an impact. Not a player you’d always have in the strongest 11 but has once again proved his value to the squad. It also shows that Clough doesn’t always have a hidden agenda for declaring someone “not part of the plans” by allowing it to happen. Another year for Ben anyone?
Finally made a first team start and proved that he can handle Championship football. He may play 8 or 80 games for the Rams but it shows everything that’s wrong at Forest to think that he was constantly overlooked for a dismal parade of has-been loans and journeymen.
The FA Cup
After some dire cup outings in the last few years, we went all guns blazing against Tranmere and got the rewards. The FA Cup can be a nice little money spinner too if we can make some progress. Having said that, a decent team from your own division is always the last thing you want!
It may go against the grain to praise them but it looks like they will literally be going up. Sven showed exactly how not to do it, whilst Pearson has signed younger players on the way up (Drinkwater, Wood, Knockaert, Marshall etc.) The Pearson blueprint is probably what we’d do with more cash.
After his “bad night at the office” at Leicester, a lot of fans suddenly don’t rate him. A bit harsh in my view as most of the back 5 have dropped clangers this season, although not all on live TV. To me, still a good squad player to cover the back 5 and has made a good contribution this season.
DCFC Official twitter
It’s nice to share some enthusiasm but do they really need to retweet every “C’mon Derby” and “Just bought a ticket…” tweet that comes their way. Or “IT’S MATCHDAY” ten times on matchday? Come on boys, quality not quantity, its getting to spamming proportions.
Literally going down…south. Comes across as a decent bloke but I’m not personally a fan of him and Roger Davies in tandem. Ed Dawes will take the reins for a while and if previous commentaries are anything to go by, will keep Davies on his toes in a less cosy relationship.
The Youth Team
The Rams are widely acknowledged to have one of the most productive academies in the country at the moment… except the youth team haven’t won a league match this season! I know its not all about results at this age but its difficult to put a positive spin on 9 defeats out of 12. Come on Wass, sort it out!
Just everything about them, on and off the pitch.