Frank Lampard has made the Derby team is own, bringing in a number of extremely effective players to help Derby’s push for promotion this season.
They look like and feel like a completely new team under boss Frank Lampard, and that’s probably because they are. A grand total of 22 players have been exchanged over the summer transfer window, making the Rams one of the most active in English football. Of these signings, Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool, has been particularly exciting. We’re sure that fans will never forget his superbly struck free-kick in Derby’s shock defeat of Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Of course, there is always the risk that, by introducing so many fresh faces to the team, team chemistry may not develop before the start of the season. However, this clearly hasn’t been the case at Derby.
After assessing the current team’s performance, and with a huge amount of Championship fixtures still to go, Lampard will be looking at the January transfer window as another prime opportunity to make slight additions to the squad.
Here are two players he should look at signing in January…
Probably the weakest element of the Derby team at the moment is their forward lineup. Martyn Waghorn and David Nugent head the line for the Rams and, with all due respect, they aren’t exactly the finest of players anymore.
Solanke is out-of-favour at Liverpool, and surely he would be open to any move to help revitalise his stagnating career. Harry Wilson has already been brought in on loan from the Merseyside club so it wouldn’t be out of the question that they let Solanke join as well, especially given how well players seem to be developing under Lampard.
Dundee’s highly rated holding midfielder Glen Kamara is a must sign for Derby County who are reported by the Daily Mail to be one of the many teams interesting in securing his services.
The ex-Arsenal and current Dundee player runs out of contract next summer and is free to talk to foreign and English clubs as early as January. Lampard should use this opportunity to get his foot in the door and make the signing as soon as possible.
Kamara would sit quite neatly into Lampard’s 4-3-3 system as a holding midfielder when other options Tom Huddlestone and Joe Ledley are injured or in need of rest.