Derby County will be looking to bounce back from their recent defeat to Sheffield United when they host Reading at Pride Park tomorrow.
Currently bottom of the Championship standings, the Rams will need to pick up victories on a regular basis if they are to have any chance of avoiding relegation to League One.
Seemingly on course to secure another point on their travels last Saturday, Derby conceded a penalty in the closing stages of the clash at Bramall Lane which was converted by Billy Sharp.
Whilst the Rams did demonstrate some signs of promise in this showdown, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Rooney decides to make some alterations to his team on Wednesday.
Here, we take a look at TWO tweaks that the Derby boss could make to his starting eleven for the club’s meeting with Reading…
Ryan Allsop is drafted in as Kelle Roos’ replacement
When you consider that the Rams are set to be without goalkeeper Kelle Roos for tomorrow’s clash due to suspension, Rooney may turn to Ryan Allsop for inspiration.
With David Marshall being forced to watch on from the sidelines after falling out of favour at Derby, Allsop will be determined to prove his worth against Reading.
Whilst the shot-stopper has only featured on one occasion for the Rams at this level, he knows what it takes to compete in this division as he has made 42 Championship appearances during his career to date.
If Allsop delivers an eye-catching display against Reading, he could potentially challenge Roos for a starting role in the coming months.
Kamil Jozwiak is given the chance to impress
Whilst it is fair to say that Kamil Jozwiak has struggled considerably with his consistency during his time at Derby, he may be given the opportunity to impress against Reading if Rooney decides to alter his attacking set-up.
Capable of playing on the left as well as the right-hand side of midfield, the Poland international will be determined to break his goal-scoring duck for the current campaign in the not too distant future.
If Jozwiak delivers a promising display against Reading, he may force the likes of Tom Lawrence and Louie Sibley to step up their performance levels which could have a positive impact on Derby’s fortunes.
The Rams will be hoping that a victory over Reading will provide them with the momentum needed to push on in the Championship.