This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Football League World’s Derby County fan pundit Lisa Howard does not believe that the recent injury suffered by Ikechi Anya will have much bearing on the club’s season.
Philip Cocu confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Monday, ahead of the League Cup clash with Scunthorpe United, that the winger will miss eight to 12 weeks with a calf injury suffered in a pre-season clash with Rangers.
But Howard is not concerned at all.
“I don’t feel he will be missed,” the regular punter told Football League World.
“He is a player that would always be on the bench, I don’t feel it is that much of a blow.
“Since he arrived from Watford he has not been a regular in the first team at Derby.
“I don’t feel that Anya is the type of player who will impact on our season. To be fair to him, he can be a good player, but has not had a consistent run in the Derby squad to prove himself.”
Derby signed the Scotland international from the Hornets back in the summer of 2016 for around £4million but in the following three years he has failed to justify that fee.
He has made just 38 appearances during that time for the Rams and scored just one goal, assiting five more, and found himself in the club’s reserve side throughout the previous campaign.
Last weekend saw Philip Cocu’s men held to a frustrating 0-0 draw against Swansea City at Pride Park, with Martyn Waghorn wasting a chance to win the game from the spot.
And Howard is keen to see some changes made to the side ahead of their next second-tier clash against Stoke City.
“I think the game against Stoke this weekend will be tough,” she said.
“They will want a result having lost both games. I would like to see Jack Marriott start as he scares defenders and will always get you goals.
“We need to attack with more pace and move the ball a lot quicker. At times against Swansea we were very slow in getting the ball forward.”