Here We Go Again
Tomorrow the Derby County players report back for their first pre season fitness tests, the new seasons fixtures are in hand and England’s World Cup campaign is over almost before it even started.
Normally this is a time of great excitement and anticipation, yet with the crushing nature of our defeat to QPR, still fresh in the mind, I’m definitely currently looking at the new season with mixed emotions.
Wembley was little more than a month ago and barely a day has gone by without me hoping what happened wasn’t real, cursing the outright injustice of the result and wondering what could (and bloody should) have been. For the first week I actually just felt completely numb and really struggled to comprehend and accept the result. Above anything the pure unfairness of it just killed me. To lose to such a horrible club and team so clearly inferior to us in every aspect, both generally and in the context of the game itself, was and is soul destroying.
So what of this year?
There has not been any major transfer activity in or out of the club as yet. But with the World Cup and the standard football June holidays, the Rams are not alone in that aspect.
Who or what positions we choose to bring in will be interesting. Clearly we need at least one new right back, a pivot midfielder and some form of cover for Martin. Interestingly we seem to have been linked with a string of creative midfielders – Gera, Sinclair, Hoolahan and a couple of strikers in McCormack and Jutkiewicz. There’s also the constant noise about a significant foreign player arriving.
Does this mean a change of formation or perhaps budgeting to lose one or both of Hughes and Bryson?
Talking of leavers, whilst most Rams fans expect to lose at least one of our superstar midfield and Sammon to move for first team football, the strongest rumours seem to have surrounded Keogh. A number of Premier league sides have been linked, with Burnley seemingly one that won’t go away – maybe we can swap him for Shackell?
With the players and coaches now back in office, I expect activity to start maybe as early as next week with the reveal of our new Umbro kit also imminent.
Lat season for the most part was absolutely fantastic and I’ve written before how I enjoyed some of my best moments as a Rams fan. The horrific way it ended doesn’t change that.
The Championship is never easy and won’t be this year, but let’s suck it up and go again. Don’t forget when we beat West Brom, they got automatic the year after and have been in the Premier League ever since.
Come on you Rams!