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Derby County make decision over future of senior player as January transfer window approaches

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Derby County will look to sell goalkeeper David Marshall in the summer transfer window, as per the Daily Record’s Live Transfer Blog (16/12, 07:49).

Marshall joined Derby last summer, joining from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee, and made 33 appearance during his debut campaign at Pride Park.

This season however, the 36-year-old has yet to play a single game for the Rams, having fallen behind Kelle Roos and Ryan Allsop in the pecking order for Wayne Rooney’s side.

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Now it seems as though that has prompted Derby to make a significant decision on Marshall’s future, ahead of the return of the transfer market next month.

According to this latest update, the Rams will aim to move Marshall on in January, which would help the club to raise funds as they continue to cope with financial issues off the pitch, that have seen them enter administraion, with subsequent points deductions all but guaranteeing their relegation to League One.

As things stand, Marshall’s contract with Derby is set to expire at the end of this season, meaning January will be Derby’s final chance to receive a fee for the goalkeeper.

For his part, Marshall is said to be in need of a move elsewhere, in order to get the game time he needs to force his way back into the international fold with Scotland.

The Verdict

It would seem to make sense for Derby to look to sell Marshall in the summer.

The goalkeeper is not playing at all for the Rams, and his contract situation means this is their last chance to receive some sort of fee for him.

As a result, given the club’s perilous position means they need all the funds they can get it would be sensible to try and get those funds from the sale of Marshall of possible.

You also feel that Marshall would benefit from the chance of more game time elsewhere, meaning this does look to be a move that would work well for all involved.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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