Derby County this week completed the signing of Joe Ledley who signed a short-term deal that will keep him a the club until January.
The Welsh international had been a free agent since his contract expired at Crystal Palace in the summer.
He is much-needed at the iPro Stadium after the club failed to close a deal for Maikel Kieftenbeld on deadline day, whilst Gary Rowett had let Craig Bryson and Jacob Butterfield leave.
Speaking to the club’s media, the manager was very pleased with his new acquisition and hoped the move could be extended if everything goes well.
“I think in an ideal world, he does so well for us that we’re begging him to stay for longer, that’s the perfect scenario.”
Rowett also revealed exactly why he wanted the former Celtic man.
“He’s a different type of midfielder in there, he’s one that adds a little bit of extra bite, he’s a little bit more destructive perhaps than the ones we’ve got in there. For me, it was an absolute no-brainer, we’re delighted to have him here.”
So far, the Rams have relied on Bradley Johnson and Tom Huddlestone in the middle of the park and it has produced mixed results.
In light of last week’s heavy 4-1 defeat to Bristol City, tomorrow could see Rowett make big changes for the visit of his former side Birmingham City.
Given the disastrous end to the window from a centre-midfield perspective for Derby, signing Joe Ledley is great news.
He has been playing at a higher level for the past few years and is still only 30-years old.
As Rowett says, he offers different qualities and could be influential as the Rams look to add consistency to their game.
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