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34-y/o in: The Derby XI we expect Cocu to field against Huddersfield on Monday

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It has been a bit of a whirlwind summer for Derby County as they look to better last season’s impressive run to the play-off final.

But with Frank Lampard having departed, along with loan stars Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Harry Wilson, the Rams head into the new campaign with a bit of a depleted look to them.

Former PSV manager and Barcelona midfielder Philip Cocu has come in to replace Lampard and has set about building a squad he hopes will better the achievments of his predecessor.

Only two new faces have officially arrived so far in the form of Graeme Shinnie and Kieran Dowell although Cocu has said that he expects more arrivals before the transfer window shuts next Thursday.

This weekend, however, will see attentions switch away from the window as the new season gets under way with Rams travelling to relegated Huddersfield on Monday night.

But how can we expect Cocu to set his side up for the trip to Yorkshire?

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There is a real possibility that more new names could have been confirmed by Monday’s kick-off but going from what the Rams currently have at their disposal, the back five really picks itself.

It will have a pretty familiar feel to it. As the only two first-team centre-backs at the club, at the time of writing, Richard Keogh and Curtis Davies are very likely to start together, flanked by Scott Malone and the impressively retained Jayden Bogle.

More dilemmas await Cocu in midfield, however, but with both George Evans and Tom Huddlestone starting against Rangers in their last pre-season, it hints that this is the duo that the Dutchman prefers for now.

Florian Jozefzoon started on the wing against the Gers, but we expect him to drop to the bench on Monday with Mason Bennett, Kieran Dowell and Tom Lawrence providing the creative threat behind Martyn Waghorn.


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