Derby County’s huge summer makeover geared them up for a promotion fight this season, but they could have another busy window on the horizon.
Derby County’s summer plans will heavily depend on what division they find themselves in of course. The priority will be the promotion fight, but planning for the summer is pivotal as well.
The addition of some depth in key areas will be of the utmost importance. The starting XI and supporting cast at Pride Park is strong, but there are spots that could certainly do with some bolstering later this year.
Here, we highlight two positions that need to be strengthened in the summer…
Kwaku Oduroh is the only natural right-back at Pride Park, but he’s still an inexperienced, raw talent. Midfielders like Jason Knight and Korey Smith have been deployed there, with Warne settling on the latter over recent months.
Smith has been solid there and Jake Rooney can be a back-up there too. However, an out-and-out right-back should be on the transfer shortlist for this summer, even if they just provide depth and natural midfielder Smith stays there for good.
Centre-back hasn’t been a problem area in recent weeks thanks to the partnership of Eiran Cashin and Craig Forysth. However, looking at the Rams options at the heart of defence, it is safe to say they are ageing.
Cashin and Rooney are 21 and 19, but beyond them, James Chester is 34, Richard Stearman is 35 and Curtis Davies is 37. Forsyth, who has made a central starting spot his own this season, is 34 as well, so a new, younger option at the back should be viewed as an important target.