Championship strugglers Derby County currently have Stoke City’s Frank Fielding at the top of their transfer wishlist according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, as they look to replace former first-choice stopper David Marshall.
The Scotland international left Pride Park for fellow second-tier side Queens Park Rangers on a permanent deal yesterday afternoon after failing to make a single senior appearance for the Rams so far this season.
This was despite the 36-year-old being available, with Wayne Rooney opting to use his limited resources to recruit another goalkeeping to challenge Kelle Roos in the summer as he brought in ex-Wycombe Wanderers man Ryan Allsop.
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This has limited the veteran to just four bench appearances in all competitions this term – and with his international chances suffering because of his lack of playing time – he was allowed to join Mark Warburton’s men yesterday with the west London side seeing Jordan Archer pick up an injury last weekend.
And with Seny Dieng jetting off to the African Cup of Nations, he is likely to receive more first-team opportunities at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in the short term.
With Rooney seemingly wanting three senior keepers in and around what is a very inexperienced group of players, the Manchester United legend has identified Stoke’s Fielding as a potential option with the 33-year-old soon to be out of contract at the bet365 Stadium.
An extension is yet to be agreed in Staffordshire, potentially allowing the Rams to lure the experienced shot-stopper back to his former club on a free transfer after seeing him spend three separate spells at the East Midlands side.
Whether this would be a decent signing or not depends on whether they have restrictions in terms of the number of players they can have in their squad – because Fielding shouldn’t come in at the expense of a potentially more important player.
Bringing in a forward with Sam Baldock failing to thrive is vital and they could certainly benefit from depth in other areas too, so recruiting another goalkeeper may not be the best option at this stage unless Kelle Roos is heading out the door.
That could be a possibility with multiple sides thought to have been monitoring his situation – and it would potentially be a good idea if they were to cash in on him to generate some much-needed funds.
This will help to provide Derby with a bit of insurance money in case the takeover process takes longer than even the administrators thought it would, so it must be something worth considering by officials in the Midlands.
Roos may be a good keeper, pulling off multiple vital saves for Rooney’s men this term in their attempts to stay up, but he is also prone to an error so they will need to weigh up the pros and cons of retaining him.