Derby County Barometer – March 2014
Friends, it’s been a while. February was a fantastic month for DCFC but a quiet one for Ramspace.
There’s enough folks doing pre and post match game stuff now, so here we go back with a bang and the old Skool classic that is the Ramspace barometer.
The Promotion Run In – With 12 games to go, make no mistake, the Rams are involved in a full on promotion tilt. For the last 3 or 4 years our season has been all but over by now which makes the current position all the more exciting. Strap yourselves in, regardless of Millwall, this ones going to the wire.
Jake Buxton – When Nigel Clough joined Sheffield United, I think we would all have expected Jake to be the first Rams player to join him. His commitment has never been in doubt but he always struggled against the really top strikers. No doubt Steve has had a hand, but Jake has somehow come out of the Ipswich fiasco, seen off not one but two players who were signed to replace him and become the first name on the DCFC teamsheet. Player of the year anyone?
Sheffield Wednesday Away – To me this was what watching football & loving DCFC is all about. Fantastic ground, a tight away game and with 12 minutes to play Bamford scores the goal of the season to send the packed noisy away end into delirium. The Spice of life is right here in this fan video.
Patrick Bamford – Talking of Pat. By the time Fawaz was celebrating the signing of the very expensive, out of condition and fundamentally shit Eric Djemba Ali Ba Ba Djemba. Patrick had already scored several key (and fantastic) points winning goals for the Rams. Signed almost on the quiet by Steve on day one of the window, Bamford is just pure quality. These two signings tell you everything you need to know about the way Derby and Forest operate today.
The Recruitment Department – Clearly this could go pear shaped, but hands up who’s not excited by the prospect of a new wave of Wanchope, Poom, Baiano type signings coming from Argentina and Holland? More next level stuff from our new structure.
Zak Whitbread – Whilst I guess I’ve referenced this to a degree in the Bucko piece above, can anyone explain to me the point of Zak Whitbread’s presence at Derby? Even when he was injured we didn’t send him back and when Keogh was injured we signed Keane. I can only think Rush did an uncharacteristically bad deal in the rush to sign a defender as Clough left. Weird.
Three into Two Doesn’t Go – – Whilst there is no doubt that on paper, Hughes, Bryson and Jeff are our top three midfielders, how many more times does it need to be proven that they can’t all play effectively together? All are limited in a wide role, Jeff can’t hold and Hughes doing anything other than picking locks on the edge of the box is a massive waste of his talent. As the Beach Boys once said, “don’t fuck with the formula”.
Leicester City – Storming into the Premier league and again dishing out a 5 star gubbing to Derby at the King Power. I tipped them to struggle this year but there’s no doubt they’ve been the best and most consistent team in the league this season. Bastards.
Martin Taylor – Whilst the management team have improved many of our players, one that’s rarely mentioned is the mercurial form of Lee Grant. Whilst he was already good, his all new dominating and confident stature have taken him to a new level. Compare that with Martin Taylor taking Frank Fielding from the edge of the England squad to League 1 reserves and turning Adam Legzdins into a quivering wreck and our gain in the goalkeeping department is clear.
Nottingham Forest – Fawaz’s celebration of his fantastic window sounded hollow at the time and proved to be so. The signing of Hobbs in particular was lauded like Ronaldo despite the fact Fawaz had clearly been played and rinsed by Hull. Yes the injury situation is horrific, but the debts are building as fast as the promotion charge is faltering. The managers banned, no one wants to join them and the latest rumour is dressing room unrest at the salary being commanded by Djemba Djemba (sic) who the rest of the red dog players think isn’t that great. Its not good to be over confident but, whisper it quietly, we’ve got a real chance to properly put these wankers to the sword this month. Let’s hope we do.
Posted on March 8, 2014, in Ramspace Barometer and tagged derby county, Harry Redknapp, Jake Buxton, Nottingham Forest, Patrick Bamford, ramspace, Steve McClaren, the rams. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.