Derby County have been linked with January moves for Peterborough duo Ivan Toney and Marcus Maddison.
Phillip Cocu’s side lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon to see them remain in the bottom half of the Championship season.
Results have been inconsistent, winning five, drawing six and losing five which has left the Rams on 21 points in 16th place.
Matched with some lacklustre performances has been a struggle to score goals, having netted 18 goals in 16 games.
Former England international Wayne Rooney will arrive in January after agreeing a move from Major League Soccer side DC United, but Dutch manager Cocu may also look towards some extra fire power up front.
Two players linked have been Toney and Maddison and WE take a look at three reasons why we think Cocu should make a move for the duo.
Hunger and connection
Toney and Maddison, along with Mohamed Eisa have forged a really impressive front three and that has been a massive part of Peterborough‘s league form which has them sat in third place at present.
Maddison, 26, has nine goals in 16 appearances in League One and will undoubtedly bring Cocu a fresh approach if he was to arrive at Derby.
Toney, like his strike partner, has been heavily involved with the 23-year-old netting an impressive 12 goals in 17 games this season.
A new style front three?
Jack Marriott is doing his upmost at present, along with Chris Martin to score goals for Derby but their efforts so far have come unstuck.
With Rooney‘s pending arrival in January; could Cocu be keen to go for a completely new and fresh looking front three?
One thing is for sure, Rooney would certainly thrive on acting as the veteran alongside Toney and Maddison, whilst the duo would relish learning from England’s top goalscorer.
Excitement and something new
Cocu is doing his upmost to instill his type of play into Derby, which can often be pretty but without substance.
Derby have largely dominated possession of late but they have failed to take chances and have any real threat going forward.
Reliance on Tom Lawrence to create and score is becoming an all-but familiar feel to the Derby side. Toney and Maddison would instantly change that, using their movement and combination play to finish off chances.