This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Derby County are reportedly among the contenders to sign Dion Charles this summer, according to The Sun.
The Accrington Stanley striker has enjoyed a wonderful season for the League One club this term after finding the net on 18 occasions already for the mid-table side.
It’s claimed that the 25-year-old would be available for around £1.5million, however the Rams face stern competition to get a deal done with Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City also thought to be among the contenders to sign him.
But would Charles be a good addition for Wayne Rooney’s side?
The team at FLW have their say…
He’s a brilliant player and has in all honesty been a revelation for Stanley this term.
The fact that he is versatile and can play through the centre and out wide will make him an attractive option for the Rams who have struggled to find consistency in both of those areas this season.
Chalres offers something completely different to that of Colin Kazim-Richards and could well nail down a starting spot because of the qualities he possesses in the final third.
The Championship is a big step up but if the last 12 months are anything to go by, the Accrington man could well be up for the challenge and would probably take to it like a duck to water.
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It’s hard to look at a striker that’s scored 18 goals across all competitions this season and not be convinced that he’d help Derby County out.
The Rams have been a bit disappointing in-front of goal this season, looking toothless at times, which will be a real concern to Wayne Rooney.
Rooney needs to address things in the summer and give the Rams a regular source of goals.
Charles would be a little bit of a risk given you’re plucking him out of the lower leagues, but he’s also a potential signing that fans would get behind.
Good luck to them if this is the path they take.
I get the feeling this could be something of a risk for Derby.
The Rams have struggled badly for goals this season, and that is something they will no doubt want to address in the summer transfer window, if they are to avoid next season being similar to this one.
However, turning to Charles to potentially fill that role feels like it would represent Derby taking a chance on a striker who is still relatively young, and has yet to be tested at Championship level, meaning there may be no guarantee he can make an impact at that level.
Admittedly, Charles’ return in front of goal this season has certainly been impressive, but it feels to me as though they may need to look for at bringing in a striker who we already know can score goals in the second-tier, given Derby probably cannot afford to endure another campaign like 2020/21.