The Scout Report: Derby County
Nickname: The Rams
Stadium: Pride Park (33,678 capacity)
2015-16: Championship, 5th
Major Honours: First Division (1971-72, 1974-75) – FA Cup (1946)
2016-17 Scout Report
– Ikechi Anya – RW – Scottish international Anya is another new signing made by Pearson. A pacey winger but can also operate at full-back, the former Watford man is a versatile player has a lot to offer and like Vydra, also played a part in helping to achieve promotion with Watford in 2015.
– Chris Martin – ST – Having scored 52 league goals in just over 100 league appearances for the Rams, it came as a surprise that Pearson would allow the Scot to leave Pride Park on loan to Fulham, who could prove to be a potential title rival.
– Jeff Hendrick – CM – Irish international who featured at this summer’s European Championships, Hendrick sealed a late move to Premier League Burnley at the end of August for an undisclosed fee. His guile and playmaking abilities in midfield will be sorely missed by Pearson’s Derby who did not have ample time to find a suitable replacement in the transfer window.
– Tom Ince – RW – Having promised so much in younger years and once being offered the chance to play for Italian giants Inter Milan, it may come as a surprise that Ince still finds himself plying his trade in the second tier of English football. However, over the past couple of seasons he has found career stability in a consistent starting role at Derby. This stability is likely to continue with Ince spearheading attacks from the flanks under Pearson.
– Will Hughes – CM – Fan favourite and a product of Derby’s youth academy, Hughes is an influential part of Derby’s midfield. Not considered as much of a goalscorer but one of the Championship’s most creative influences over the past few seasons and a mainstay of the past few England U21 squads. At only 21 years of age, Hughes has already seen action in a Rams shirt 138 times, even despite missing last season with torn anterior cruciate ligaments.
– Richard Keogh – CB – A stalwart of the Derby defence and has been in the fold for each of Derby past three promotion pushes. His international experience is vital and could be important in instilling the right mentality into some of the younger members of the squad. A tough-tackler and difficult for opposition strikers, however he is prone to the occasional defensive error, which United will look to exploit.
Manager – Nigel Pearson
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