Derby County head coach Gary Rowett has told the Derby Telegraph that it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the team will be better if players play in their correct places.
Rowett is Derby’s third manager of the season and things are now looking up for a team that have had a very disappointing season. They have been on a good run of form since Rowett came in and they were able to finish their season at the iPro Stadium by claiming a comfortable 3-1 win over Wolves.
In that game. Rowett changed a few things around with his team playing in a 4-3-3 formation with Jacob Butterfield playing in the holding midfield role which allowed Craig Bryson and Bradley Johnson to play in a more advanced role. This obviously worked as Derby were able to get the win against Wolves and give fans hope that next season will be a lot better for the Rams.
Rowett just thought it’d be common sense to make this change, saying: “I said it about three weeks ago; I think Bradley is a better player when he’s a little bit further forward,”
“Craig Bryson is a goal threat as well and we need to get more goals from midfield because we’ve clearly not done it enough.”
“Sometimes we have sat Jonno and Bryson, and they have given us that toughness in front of the back four but perhaps not as much of a goal-threat going forward.”
“It doesn’t take a genius to work it out. If you have Bryson – who scored 16 goals a few seasons back as an advanced midfielder and Jonno, scored 15 or so for Norwich as an advanced midfielder – I think that is their best position.”
“I felt Jonno looked a different player against Wolves. He looked like he had a bit more brightness about him in terms of his runs forward and he will only get better in that position in terms of his fitness.”
“That is certainly something we will look at moving forward.”
“I thought they hunted the ball down really well which is something we did better out of possession. I have been critical of us out of possession in the past few games but I thought we were much better at it against Wolves.”