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Derby County have been linked with a reunion with Stoke City goalkeeper Frank Fielding, with Wayne Rooney said to be keen on signing him as a replacement for David Marshall.
Marshall joined QPR on loan yesterday and, according to journalist Alan Nixon, the Rams are eye Fielding.
So, would he be a good signing for Derby? And do they need him?
Our FLW writers offer their insight…
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Fielding would be a good signing to see Kelle Roos out the door. The latter has been very inconsistent in his time at County and Ryan Allsop has rightly been allowed the opportunity to establish himself as the club’s number one.
Fielding is very experienced in the EFL and has adequately supported the likes of Bartosz Bialkowski and Adam Davies in recent years. The chances are that the signing would not need the outlay of significant funds and therefore it should not negatively impact Derby’s financial predicament.
The 33-year-old coming in would mean that the younger goalkeepers at the club can be developed in the right way and ensure they do not get exposed to first team action too early. Fielding would be a sensible piece of business and a good head to have in the dressing room as the going gets tough at Pride Park.
When you consider that Derby are no longer able to call upon the services of David Marshall, they may need to strengthen their options in the goalkeeping position in the coming weeks.
Keeping this in mind, it could be argued that it would be a sensible bit of business by the Rams if they seal a deal for Frank Fielding.
During his career to date, the keeper has illustrated that he is capable of competing at Championship level as he has made 173 appearances at this level.
If Kelle Roos or Ryan Allsop are ruled out for a considerable period of time due to injury in the remainder of the current campaign, Fielding should be able to provide adequate cover for this particular duo.
I can understand to some extent why Wayne Rooney would want to bring in Frank Fielding to Derby.
The goalkeeper is an experienced head that the manager is familiar with and that means he will have another voice in the dressing room to help his side out and pass some of his knowledge on to some of the younger players at Pride Park. He knows what it takes to cut it in the Championship and that could prove valuable as they try to avoid relegation.
However, the club really don’t need another shot-stopper. Fielding may not even make the bench as things stand with the Rams and there are other areas of the team that could do with being improved first. Granted, signings elsewhere may not provide such a knowledgable head but it seems to be a pretty pointless deal.
Fielding likely won’t take to the field unless there are injuries and they could have happily moved on David Marshall without the need for a replacement. It’s not a necessary signing by any means but what Rooney has achieved so far has seemingly worked, so perhaps the best thing to do is just trust him.