Last season saw Derby County finish in sixth place in the Championship standings and go on to the play-off final, but Phillip Cocu will be determined to better that in his debut campaign.
And he landed the first signing of his tenure on Thursday night when Everton’s attacking-midfielder Kieran Dowell arrived on a season-long loan.
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) July 11, 2019
Dowell joined Sheffield United’s promotion charge in January last season and featured regularly for Chris Wilder’s side, assisting one goal and scoring twice during his spell, including a crucial winner against West Brom in February.
The 2017/18 season saw him impress in a season-long spell with Derby’s arch-rivals Nottingham Forest, during which he notched nine goals and four assists.
He becomes the club’s second completed signing of the summer, following the arrival of Graeme Shinnie, and the first since Cocu took over from Frank Lampard.
And it is safe to say that the fans were very happy with his arrival…
Cracking signing. Will hopefully replace some of the goals we lost in Mount and Wilson!
— Julian Broughton (@JulianBroughton) July 11, 2019
???????????????? knows where the net is, good little player!
— Barnaby & Chris (@AmbroseBarnaby) July 11, 2019
great signing in cocu we trust ????
— Phillip Cocu’s Daniel Jones (@daniel385723) July 11, 2019
Superb loan signing ????????
— Martin Bunning (@MartinBunning) July 11, 2019
Great news and welcome Kieran ???? excellent that we are continuing to get fantastic loan signings.
Now bring tomori back too
— A R Thompson (@ARThompson6) July 11, 2019
Welcome to derby Kieran! Good luck this season especially against the ????????????#nottsFlorist
— David Taylor (@DavideT15) July 11, 2019
Welcome to the mighty derby county Kieran and i am sure u will bounce with us on our journey towards the premier league….super derby super rams ????????⚽️⚽️????????
— Dominic West (@Dominic96618739) July 11, 2019