Derby County endured a difficult campaign last time out, and fell short of their minimum expectation of a top six finish after mustering a 9th placed return.
The Rams struggled for goals last season, and recorded a surprisingly low 54 strikes across the course of 46 league games.
At barely a goal a game, this statistic will concern manager Gary Rowett, with his worries further enhanced with talk of goal scoring winger Tom Ince attracting the interest of newly promoted Huddersfield Town.
If Ince does depart Pride Park for the Premier League, then Rowett will have to move to replace his impressive wide man.
One player free agent is recently-released Sunderland winger Will Buckley, who greatly impressed during a spell with Brighton before his move to Wearside.
Things didn’t work out for Buckley in the North East, and a series of loan moves to the Championship has culminated in his release after the Black Cats were relegated.
Buckley was superb during three years with Brighton, and at 27-years of age, the player has time and the ability to recapture the form displayed on the south coast.
Derby could be the team to benefit from the player’s potential resurgence, and Rowett would do well to secure a deal for the player.
Buckley exhibited an eye for goal and astute creativeness with Brighton, and the addition of such quality to his squad would be the perfect injection into the side.
The £1.70m-rated winger has a lot to prove following his disappointing spell with Sunderland and with the Black Cats in the same division as Derby, Buckley would be presented the opportunity to show the club exactly what they are missing.
Thoughts, Derby fans?