Championship side Derby County are aiming to make ‘two or three’ signings this week after launching their case to the EFL on the need for new players, according to Derbyshire Live.
Following Colin Kazim-Richards’ severe injury against Peterborough United at the weekend, the Rams are currently without a fit senior striker at the club and look set to rely on teenager Jack Stretton until reinforcements arrive at Pride Park.
The Rams have already taken former Reading and Brighton & Hove Albion striker Sam Baldock on trial this summer – but are limited in the number of players they can sign during the window due to their transfer embargo.
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Because of this, Wayne Rooney’s side have only managed to make three signings over the past few months, recruiting Ravel Morrison, Richard Stearman and Ryan Allsop, with the club also being able to tie down veteran centre-back Curtis Davies down to a new deal.
But after this latest injury blow to their first-choice striker, Krystian Bielik and Jason Knight currently on the sidelines for the foreseeable future and Lee Buchanan also struggling with a thigh injury at the start of the campaign, Manchester United legend Rooney is barely able to name an 18-man matchday squad.
With this, they are hoping to gain some leniency from the EFL and have sent off an application to the governing body in their attempt to get more signings over the line. And after Sky Sports reporter Michelle Owen’s update after the match, they could be given the freedom to secure new additions depending on the severity of Kazim-Richards’ injury.
Although their own mismanagement has played a big part in why they are currently under a transfer embargo, Derby will barely be able to compete if they can’t make any new additions and sustain further injuries.
The rules are the rules – but it’s the Derby County fans who will suffer the most out of all this and for their sake – we can only hope they are able to see some more experienced players come into what looks to be a very young Rams squad this season.
In terms of the positions they need to prioritise, another centre-back would be ideal to support Curtis Davies and Richard Stearman in the event of injuries and suspensions. And of course, a replacement or two for Kazim-Richards will be essential until he returns, potentially persuading Rooney’s side to dip into the loan market and bring a forward in until January.
But there are a few other positions that would ideally need strengthening too – and this just shows how depleted the Derby County squad is right now.
There are no guarantees another couple of Derby players won’t be joining Krystian Bielik and Jason Knight on the sidelines as long-term absentees, so they need as many new signings as they can possibly get over the fortnight – and it could be season-defining.