It’s fair to say that Mike te Wierik’s time at Derby County didn’t go to plan at all.
The defender, who had impressed over in the Netherlands, agreed to join Derby last season, penning a pre-contract agreement with the Rams.
It was shaping up to be an exciting season under Phillip Cocu, who ended last season strongly under lockdown and were looking to go one further this time around.
The centre-half looked like he would be a regular starter for the Rams, but a slow start to the season didn’t help his cause whatsoever.
In only his third appearance for the Rams – a 2-1 home defeat to Preston in the Carabao Cup – te Wierik was shown a straight red card and was subsequently suspended for three matches.
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The 28-year-old would go on to make a further three appearances for Derby – making six in total across all competitions – before going on record and expressing his desire to leave the club in January, and so he did.
The defender sealed a move back to FC Groningen – the club he left for Derby in the first place – after a nightmare spell in England.
So how has te Wierik got on since leaving Pride Park for his former club?
Te Wierik has made eight starts for Groningen since returning to his native, picking up two yellow cards and keeping four clean sheets.
Groningen are pushing for an European spot in the Eredivisie and sit only 12 points behind second-placed PSV Eindhoven, and he will be eager to help them end the season strongly.