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Derby County should make a January move for this Man Utd man

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Despite a recent upturn in results in the Sky Bet Championship, there is a feeling that Derby County’s squad is still short of a serious push for promotion back to the Premier League, with Gary Rowett lacking any real strength in depth.

Derby are unbeaten in five Championship fixtures, and are now just three points outside the top-six, with a game in hand. However, the Rams are set to be tested in the coming weeks, with a busy schedule ahead. The quality of Rowett’s squad will be tested, with the likelihood that the Derby boss will not be able to call on the same core of players regularly between now and the end of the season, as the Championship’s intensity picks up.

Here at FLW, we believe Derby lack serious cover in defence, particularly at full-back, where Craig Forsyth and Andre Wisdom, are Rowett’s only two real quality options. We believe Derby should make a January move for Joe Riley, who is currently playing for Manchester United’s under-23s in the Premier League 2.

Riley, 20, has the ability to play on both the left and right side of defence, but has not made a first-team appearance at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho, who has strengthened his defence with a number of quality options in recent transfer windows.

Riley has plenty of potential, and would improve Derby’s options, with his versatility a key factor behind why we believe Rowett should make a move. First-team opportunities at Old Trafford continue to look unlikely, and a move in January could well be on the cards if Riley continues to shine for the under-23s.

Adding the 20-year-old to the squad currently at the Pride Park Stadium might not directly improve the starting XI, but it would improve the depth of Rowett’s squad, with the defender able to cover more than one position across the defence.

Derby fans… Let us know your thoughts!


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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