The midfield at Derby County is set to be the focus point for Gary Rowett’s transfer business in the coming months and he should be looking to add experience, rather than promise to his squad.
The club has four players either returning to their parent club or contracts are expiring this summer, which includes defensive midfielders Chris Baird and Julien De Sart; the latter going back to Middlesbrough following a loan spell since January at Pride Park.
Rowett will be looking for reinforcements and I can’t think of a more ideal replacement than free agent Youssouf Mulumbu.
The ex-West Bromwich Albion was released by Norwich City on Tuesday afternoon, although he won’t be sort of potential suitors in the Championship.
He was let go by the Canaries due to lack of game time, from being pushed out the side by the Murphy brothers, and presumably on high wages.
This clearly doesn’t reflect what he offers to a squad.
Mulumbu has experience and that is, what I think, could be the difference for Derby County next season; a man in the middle who knows the game and could be perform a pivotal role in the Rams’ promotion hopes for the 2017/18 campaign.
The 30-year-old has 36 international caps with DR Congo and over 200 Premier League appearances, only a handful can now provide such a CV in the second-tier and Rowett would be a fool to not at least contact the defensive midfielder.
A useful signing if it did go through, Youssouf Mulumbu wouldn’t take up any of the budget due him not being contracted to a club at this current time, but the manager needs to act swiftly as a queue of potential suitors forms.
Derby County fans, could Mulumbu provide that missing experience? Should Rowett even approach the free agent? Give us your thoughts in the comments below!