Derby County Barometer – February 2020
As the Rams enter a new decade, the ever present drama off the pitch shows no signs of subsiding anytime soon. Thankfully, matters on the pitch have taken a definite turn for the better with Rams currently in fine fettle and scoring goals all over the place.
Check out whats hot and whats not at the Derby County fun factory with our first Barometer of 2020.
Wayne Rooney – After what felt like a lifetime from his original signing announcement, Wazza is out on the pitch, wearing a DCFC shirt and what an influence our new captain has had. Rooney has led from the front with his drive and quality and this is clearly feeding into the rest of the lads. The team that looked lost at Christmas are now unrecognisable and scoring goals for fun. Imagine what he’ll do when we add some further quality around him. Rooonnneeeeyyy!
Duane Holmes – A key beneficiary of Rooney’s arrival, Duane is enjoying his best spell in a Derby shirt. Whilst always well liked by Derby fans, his lack of end product has always been a niggle. However, with 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 6 games, the guy is flying and starting to become a big shout for Player of the Year
The FA Cup – Whilst the debate rages on regarding the magic of the cup, it’s been brilliant for Derby this season and a welcome distraction from the league. The win at Palace to me was a key turning point, the Northampton games were great for different reasons and now we have Man Utd to look forward to.
Max Bird – What a player this young man is. After a promising cameo at Wigan and an injury to Tuddz, Max has taken his chance with both hands and is getting better by the game. Always wanting the ball, can pass it, carry it and takes a great set piece. Class.
Phillip Cocu – Has hung in there amongst the most horrendous of circumstances and is now starting to give us glimpses of what he could bring. He’s not been perfect to my mind but has conducted himself with dignity throughout a tumultuous season and its great to see him now enjoying a few wins. Let him loose in the transfer market this summer and let’s see what he can do.
The January Window – Despite various promises to the contrary by Mel, the Rams didn’t sign a single first team player in the January window. To be fair to Mel, he was obviously expecting the Gabay money to be there and, when it wasn’t, he was then faced with footing the bill again which I am sure he really didn’t want to do. Results since have made this a non-issue but there is certainly some big work to do this summer.
Jack Marriott – Super Jack remains an enigma. For whatever reason he just can’t keep himself consistently fit to find some form and/or win himself a regular place in the team. We saw enough last season to know there is a top, top goal scorer in there somewhere, but the increasing view is that if we see that player again it might not be at Derby.
Mel’s Legal Bill – With the Keogh case rumbling on in the background, an investment deal that seemed to be complete but is now on hold and the club about to go to war with the EFL, the Rams are staring down the barrel of a truckload of legal activity in the coming months. Regardless of the details of each case, its not a great look and there is definitely not going to be an end to the DCFC soap opera anytime soon.
Ikechi Anya – As another window closes, I have to do the traditional call out on this absolute waste of space. For pure return on investment, Anya has to be the worst signing in Derby’s history. Can you imagine how much money this clown has taken out of our club since signing ? Hopefully only 5 more payrolls to go. No words.
Leeds and Forest – Whilst Leeds are again doing their best to blow certain promotion, whilst the whole country is willing them to do so, both these two are undoubtably right in the mix to go up. Surely, they both won’t make it? Two of our last three home games too. Can you imagine….no best not think about it.
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