Earlier today, the72 reported that Derby County had shown an interested in signing French striker Armand Gnanduillet from Sky Bet League One side Blackpool.

The French forward has scored 12 goals in Sky Bet League One so far this campaign including five goals in his last four games. His performances have seen him recognised as one of the best strikers outside the top two divisions, and several clubs in those top two divisions have now become interested in securing his signature.

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Gnanduillet is out of contract with the Fylde Coast club next summer and second tier clubs are now looking to acquire his services according to reports.

But what exactly would Derby County be getting if they were to secure the 27-year-old’s signature?

I watched Armand Gnanduillet absolutely bully Peterborough United’s defence two weeks ago when Blackpool hosted Posh at Bloomfield Road.

He is currently the third top goal scorer in Sky Bet League One, and it is clear to see why. Granted, one of the goals he scored that afternoon was a penalty, but his physicality and pace won the penalty, and he had the confidence to step up and send the keeper the wrong way.

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His other goal that day was a case of being in the right place at the right time, but his finish to put Blackpool 2-1 up was excellent.

The giant striker is 6ft4. His aerial threat was constant throughout the game, and he never let Posh’s back four settle. He even forced them to score an own goal early in the game by never giving up on what seemed a dead ball.

His hold-up play allowed others to feed off him, and he just looked in complete control throughout.

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For me, he is exactly the type of player that Derby County need, and he will get the goals that will see them fly back up the Sky Bet Championship table.

 

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