Derby County manager Frank Lampard made no secret of the fact that is was crucial to bring in another centre-back before the closure of the transfer window.
With Curtis Davies out for the rest of the season after rupturing his achilles tendon against Stoke City in November and Alex Pearce on loan with fellow Championship side Millwall, Derby County only have two senior centre-backs available.
Prior to the end of the window, Derby boss Frank Lampard spoke to the Derby Telegraph to stress the importance of bringing in a new centre-back before the end of the transfer window.
“It is hugely important for us,” Lampard said when asked about the importance of bringing in a new centre-back.
“We have two centre backs who have played a lot of minutes. Part of that is Curtis Davies’ injury which rules him out for the season, the same for Craig Forsyth.
“For me, in terms of if we want to sustain our position or hopefully get higher up the table, then it is hugely important but it is whether we can do it or not. The next two days are pretty crucial for us.”
However, despite the Rams’ efforts, they failed to bring in a defender before the closure of the window.
Richard Keogh and Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori are the only two fit centre-backs available for the rest of the season after The Rams failed to bring in another defender before the deadline on Thursday night. A move for defender Matty Pennington on loan from Everton was reported, but he instead remained at Portman Road with Ipswich Town.
Upon the closure of the transfer window, Derby County fans discussed the club’s failure to bring in a new centre-back on Twitter. Fans are keen to see their club delve into the free agent market to provide cover for Keogh and Tomori.
Presumably, #dcfc are now looking for a centre back to sign on a free transfer. Touch wood, they can find one. It's a shame nothing could be done in the window, but Lampard was open about having no money to spend (which must be why they at least considered selling Huddlestone).
— Derby County Blog (@derbycountyblog) February 1, 2019
Fans keep saying we need a new CB. What happened to giving our Youth a chance? Jayden Bogle is 18, now a regular & is golden Balls according to Lampard. Mel Morris was only saying how impressed he is with our u23 & u18 squads. There is alot of talent. Explore it #dcfcfans #dcfc
— Davey (@D_Walker_S) February 1, 2019
Shame we haven’t signed a defender but I’m sure our U23’s who are near top of PL2 will be ready to go if given the opportunity. Guaranteed to give their all #dcfc
— Tim (@xDronee) January 31, 2019
Younes kaboul, Johan djorou, Phillip wollscheid, Efe ambrose, Chris samba, Raul albentosa👀 to name a few
— Kyle (@Kyledcfc18) February 1, 2019
— Andrea N (@AJGLife3) January 31, 2019