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‘I don’t see why not’ – Will Derby County man start week in, week out next season? Opinion



Derby County manager Frank Lampard will be focused on preparing his squad for the coming season, with pre-season a matter of weeks away.

Lampard will have decisions to make regarding the players that took the Rams so close last season, with the future of stalwarts like defender Richard Keogh to be decided.

Keogh, 32, has been a constant at Pride Park clocking up over 300 appearances since signing for the club in July 2012.

But will Keogh be starting week in, week out for Derby again next season?

We discuss……..

Kealan Hughes

“He continues to perform well season after season and he is consistently picked by every manager Derby have had over the last few years.

“For good reason too, he is a great all round defender, his anticipation and reading of the game is amongst the best in the division and makes up for his lack of pace, and he is also capable with the ball at his feet and taking it out from the back.

“His experience is vital too, and the his influence on young players – like Tomori last season – cannot be underestimated.”

Alfie Burns

“Keogh gets some stick, but you can’t argue how important he is to the Derby squad.

“His experience is his biggest attribute and although he’s not quite at his peak anymore, he’s still highly thought of amongst the Rams camp.

“He will probably start week in, week out, but we are still early in the summer and things can change quickly.

“Let’s see who Derby target.”

Gary Hutchinson

“Absolutely not, no!

“He looks leggy these days, I think his time in the second-tier is coming to an end.

“He ought to take a leaf out of Jason Shackell’s book, pick an ambitious League Two club and drop down to win trophies.

“His Derby spell has been great, but he’s just not the player he once was.”

George Brooks

“I don’t see why not.

“Keough was magnificent for Derby last season and played a vital role as the Rams made it all the way to the play-off final.

“It’s difficult to imagine a Derby side without him in it and I really don’t see why he can’t play just as much of an important role next season.

“I think the one thing it could depend on is whether Derby sign any new centre-backs in the transfer market, but Keogh is a big influence on the pitch and I think Frank Lampard will be keen to keep him in the team.”

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Article title: ‘I don’t see why not’ – Will Derby County man start week in, week out next season? Opinion

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