Gary Rowett will almost be certainly looking for the right balance at Derby County this summer, aiming to not overhaul his squad, but make necessary tweaks that will enable the Rams to once again challenge for promotion.
Derby finished the 2016/17 campaign in eighth, a major underachievement on where many believed they should be competing. However, since Rowett’s appointment in March things began to look a lot more positive at the Pride Park Stadium.
During Rowett’s nine fixtures in-charge, Derby picked up four victories, three draws and suffered just two defeats, and as the season came to a close, there was a real feel that the 43-year old has what it takes to ‘get it right’ with the Rams.
Rowett will need to recruit wisely this summer to succeed with Derby, and one player who could potentially improve the Rams for the short-term is Celtic’s Kris Commons, who will leave Celtic Park in the coming months.
Commons enjoyed a successful spell with Derby between 2008 and 2011, showcasing his ability, which resulted in the Scottish giants, Celtic, battling to secure his signature in January 2011.
During his spell with Derby, Commons scored 24 goals, with 13 of those coming in the six-months prior to him leaving for Scotland.
Now 33, Commons is coming towards the end of his career, and with injury hampering his last 12-months, the midfielder has admitted he is contemplating retirement.
However, Commons did admit he has more to offer despite entering the twilight of his career, and he could be the perfect man to return to Derby to inspire a promotion challenge next season.
It would be ludicrous to suggest Commons would be a long-term solution to Derby’s problems, but Rowett could use the 33-year old’s experience in the Championship to guide his squad in the right direction over the next 12-months.