Derby County have seemingly been on the verge of promotion for the last six or seven years, but have missed out at the crucial moment season after season.
The Rams have an annual tendency to start well but then go on a poor run of form after Christmas which sees their promotion hopes slashed.
However, this season feels slightly different. Frank Lampard has breathed fresh air into a bunch of players struggling for ideas in the last few years.
Derby are serious contenders this year and under Lampard’s tutelage, they have every right to believe they can finally get back into the Premier League.
The reason for their near misses has not been a lack of quality, more so a lack of belief. Derby need to believe they can get through the sticky patches and Frank Lampard seems the man to help them do that, already showing his ‘man motivation’ talents.
But, if they did get there, would they be able to do better than last time? Here, we look at FOUR players Derby may axe if they got promoted…