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Derby County could re-ignite interest in Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove in the January transfer window after the 24-year-old recovered from injury.
The Dons forward was a target for several sides over the course of the summer, with Middlesbrough and Derby among those credited with an interest in the attacker, however the player suffered a serious injury that scuppered his chances of moving away from Pittodrie.
Cosgrove has made four appearances for Aberdeen this season, scoring once, as he continues to recover from his injury, but his record over the previous two seasons is impressive, scoring 28 goals over the course of them both.
So, with January fast approaching and Derby in need of some attacking nous up-top, should the Rams re-ignite their interest in Cosgrove or look elsewhere?
The team here at FLW discuss…
This is definitely a move that Derby County should pursue.
Sam Cosgrove has proven over a number of seasons that he’s a top level striker and that’s something that he’s ready to prove in the Championship.
After reaching double figures in each of the last two campaigns he clearly has an eye for goal, and given his physical stature he’s a player who is readymade for life in the second tier.
A move is likely to depend on what happens in the coming weeks with the takeover and the managerial appointment, but it certainly makes sense.
If I was the Rams then this is exactly the sort of player that I’d target.
Which club did Derby County sign each of these 25 players from?
The thing for Derby heading into January, simply, has to be getting their manager in place and then looking at the playing squad.
Derby need a striker 100%, but whoever they target needs to be someone that the new manager wants on board.
Cosgrove is a decent striker and has plenty of potential, but is he ready for the Championship and the demands of Derby?
I’m not 100% convinced he is and it’ll be interesting to see how the new manager sees things, whoever that might be!
If there’s a good deal to be had then I certainly think Derby should consider the 24-year-old.
Cosgrove’s record in the SPFL is fantastic and clearly, he’s a player that knows where the goal is.
He’s by no means guaranteed to make a successful transition into the Championship but at 24, he should be able to adapt if given time.
That said, the Rams shouldn’t break the bank to bring him in and they should be considering other options.
Derby may feel they need someone that can come in and is guaranteed to make an impact straight away, I’m not sure that’s Cosgrove.