Derby County’s play-off ambitions seem to be diminishing each game that comes, with the Rams currently eight points off the top six following their entertaining 4-3 home defeat to Cardiff City in midweek.
Where the problem lies is unknown to some, with a squad on paper that should easily be within the hunting pack for promotion but every season Derby tend to bottle it and end up in mid-table.
Now that it looks like Steve McClaren’s team might not challenge for a trip to Wembley come May, the club need to start thinking long-term.
I’m sure the first thing on their agenda will be the future of the manager and whether he’s the person who can take Derby County to the Premier League, but secondly it’s the playing squad.
They will definitely lose one or two key first-team members if they fail to challenge for the play-offs, so its time to secure players for next season.
Here are TWO out-of-contract at Pride Park who need to be tied down to new deals……