Former Rams striker, Darren Bent, has claimed that Derby County captain, Richard Keogh, receives a lot of unfair criticism.
The ex-England international was talking about the defender live on Sky Sports during the Rams’ home game with West Brom on Saturday.
Keogh has made over 300 appearances for the Rams and will be hoping that he can continue to help them compete at the top end of the table.
Having been a mainstay in the side throughout his time at Derby, Keogh has come in for some criticism – even in big moments. It was his awful clearance that allowed QPR striker Bobby Zamora to score the winning goal in the play-off final.
Derby take on rivals Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night at the City Ground with both sides looking for a confidence building victory.
Speaking live on Sky Sports about Lee Buchanan’s debut, Bent said: “He (Buchanan) would have been a little nervous, but he’s fortunate to have someone who’s played a lot of games for this football club alongside him in Richard Keogh, the captain.
“Richard Keogh has been brilliant for this football club.
“He gets a lot of unjustified criticism, I think, but as a young player coming through, he’ll help you.
“Having him next to you, just walking you through the game, will be massive for him (Buchanan).”
What a player Keogh has been for Derby. I think Darren Bent is spot on to be honest with you. He has got a lot of criticism not just from other supporters but even his own fans at times.
He’s always been at the club, through all the good and all of the bad. Credit has to go to him for that, as that is very impressive loyalty shown, especially in this modern day of football.
He’ll be hoping that he can help the Rams get promotion before his time at the club comes to an end.