After spending big the previous summer, Derby County were disappointing in their 9th placed Championship finish, and will look to the new campaign with the expectation of breaking into the top six.
Fans of the Rams sing the praises of manager Gary Rowett around a game of table football, and in between the accusations of cheating from either side of the table, our landlord spoke to the fans to gauge their opinions ahead of the new season.
With Will Hughes gone, the Derbyshire bunch agree a replacement is needed, and our landlord can look no further than Brentford’s Ryan Woods.
The former Shrewsbury Town man has been sensational for the Bees since a move to Griffin Park in 2015, and has evolved to become one of the best central midfielders in the division.
The 23-year-old brings an element of calmness and composure to the field way beyond his years, and looks destined to play in the Premier League in the near future.
Derby have money to spend following Will Hughes’ departure, but it will take a big bid to convince the Bees to part with one of their most consistent performers.
If Rowett can pull it off, it could be Derby’s deal of the summer.
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