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Failing to land Nahki Wells could come back to haunt Derby County

Failing to land Nahki Wells could come back to haunt Derby County

Derby County supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been somewhat happier in recent times after seeing their team get back to winning ways in the Championship earlier this week.

Frank Lampard’s men went into their clash with Ipswich Town at Pride Park on Tuesday night off the back of successive defeats at the hands of Millwall and Leeds United, thus leaving the Rams with just three points from their opening three games. Yet the East Midlands giants doubled their tally on Tuesday as goals from Joe Ledley and Tom Lawrence sealed a routine victory over Paul Hurst’s Tractor Boys, thus moving Derby up to 11th place in the Championship table.

Consequently, there have been many upbeat Rams fans up and down the country in recent times, although they are unlikely to be overly thrilled by the news that striker Nahki Wells has joined fellow Championship side Queens Park Rangers on loan for the rest of the season.

Lampard’s men were linked with a move for the £4.05 million-rated hotshot (as per Transfermarkt) earlier in the summer, and failure to bring the striker to Pride Park could well come back to haunt the East Midlands club.

Ultimately, the forward ranks at Derby have made a pretty slow start to the new campaign, as although attacker Tom Lawrence has netted three times so far this term, David Nugent is the only other forward to have bagged in the Championship.

And with the likes of Cameron Jerome and Chris Martin not even used by Lampard, and new signings Martyn Waghorn and Jack Marriott yet to get off the mark, one wonders whether another striking option could have benefitted the Rams as the season wears on.

And there aren’t too many better options in the second tier than striker Wells, who has scored a remarkable 45 goals in 144 appearances at Championship level, netting at least seven in all four campaigns he has played in the league.

Add in the fact that he has reached double figures in each of his last three seasons in the second tier, and it’s clear that the 28-year-old knows exactly where the back of the net is at Championship level – he’d surely be a huge asset to any side in the division.

Steve McClaren’s struggling QPR are the team that have managed to lure him away from Premier League side Burnley, but such has been their difficulties in failing to pick up a point from their opening four matches, Wells could well have been convinced by a move to a more progressive and upwardly-moving Derby.

And having been linked with the striker earlier in the summer, failing to clinch a deal for the 28-year-old could well come back to haunt Lampard’s men this season.

Derby fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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