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After making a lacklustre start to the Sky Bet Championship season, Phillip Cocu is expected to bolster his Derby County squad with new faces in the January transfer window.
The Rams have won only four of their opening 14 matches so far this term, and currently occupy 16th spot in the league standings after a 2-0 defeat to Hull City at the weekend.
Cocu’s side look short of any quality going forward, and they will be hoping that the arrival of Wayne Rooney will help them reignite the spark they once had under Frank Lampard.
It looks as if a new striker could be on Cocu’s transfer radar, with TEAMtalk claiming that the Rams are one of four clubs chasing Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove.
The 22-year-old has been in sensational form for Aberdeen so far this season, scoring a staggering 15 goals across 17 appearances in all competitions this season.
The powerful front-man is reportedly attracting interest from a host of high-profile clubs in the second tier, with Middlesbrough, Brentford and Charlton also being credited with an interest.
Despite signing a new deal at Pittodrie last term, it is claimed that Cosgrove could be available for around £2m, making him a very affordable and possible signing for the Rams.
With another forward seemingly on Cocu’s mind, this is likely to worry Jack Marriott, who has endured a stuttering start to the campaign.
Despite flourishing under Frank Lampard last term, Marriott has been shy in front of goal this time around under Cocu, scoring just one goal in 12 games thus far.
Although he made an impact off the bench on so many occasions last term, his performances this season have left a lot to be desired.
Derby’s style of play requires a powerful, strong striker who can hold the ball up on his own up top, and Marriott isn’t that player – hence suggesting why Chris Martin was brought back into the fold.
If Derby did go and sign a player like Cosgrove, whose tall, physical prowess would fit into Cocu’s system, where does that leave Marriott?
He needs to make an impact sooner rather than later, before his time at Pride Park begins to fizzle out…
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