Derby County supporters have been relatively quiet in recent times after seeing their side fail to get back to winning ways in the Championship at the weekend.
Frank Lampard’s men went into their encounter with Bristol City on Saturday off the back of drawing 0-0 with East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest in their preceding league clash, and were thus seeking to bounce back in their final game before Christmas. But the Rams were unable to do so after only mustering a 1-1 draw with Lee Johnson’s side, with Martyn Waghorn’s effort eight minutes from time cancelling out Jamie Paterson’s opener to preserve a point for Lampard’s team.
As such, there have been many quiet and but ultimately satisfied Derby fans up and down the country given how well the season has gone so far, with Tom Lawrence one man who has played a part in their run to fifth place in the Championship table.
The Wales international was a summer signing from Premier League outfit Leicester City back in 2017 in making a £4.95 million move (as per Transfermarkt) to Pride Park, with his efforts for the Rams since then, alongside having appeared just a handful of times for the Foxes, underlining that both teams have profited from Craig Shakespeare’s decision to sell the attacker.
Ultimately, the 24-year-old made the move to the King Power Stadium back in 2014 after beginning his senior career at Manchester United, yet he only mustered four senior appearances for the Foxes in his three years at the club, with several loan spells littering his time at the Midlands club.
And in impressing in one of those loan spells at Championship side Ipswich Town, Derby made the move to land the Welshman on a permanent deal last year, as former boss Gary Rowett sought to improve his ranks ahead of his first, and what proved to be his only, full season at the East Midlands club.
And what an inspired decision that has proven to be given Lawrence went on to net six times and lay on eight assists in 41 league appearances for the Rams last term in their run to sixth place in the division, while his tally of four goals this time round has played a part in their ascent to fifth under new boss Lampard.
Yes, three of those four goals came in his first four games of the season to suggest that his form has dipped slightly since then, but given the money being banded around the second tier in recent times, £4.95 million for someone as talented as Lawrence is proving to be a steal – add in his tender age of 24, and there’s a lot more to come from the attacker.
But for Leicester to earn a healthy profit on the Wales international, having signed him for just £1.13 million (as per Transfermarkt) a few years earlier underlined just how well they did out of the deal – to only play four times and still make almost £5 million was very good business indeed.
As such, it’s clear that both Derby and indeed Leicester have profited from Lawrence’s move to Pride Park – the former in landing a hugely talented player, and the latter for making a tidy profit on someone who only played a handful of times for them.
Derby and Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!