Despite losing Will Hughes and Tom Ince in the summer, Gary Rowett reinvested the funds recouped for his star pair in an effective manner, addressing areas of need in his squad to prepare his side for a promotion push this season.
Curtis Davies and Tom Huddlestone were brought in from relegated Hull City to add quality and experience to the side, and cash was splashed on Leicester City’s Tom Lawrence, who had enjoyed a remarkable season whilst on-loan with Ipswich Town.
Rowett’s summer deals have settled well, and with the club well in the mix for a top-six finish, the former Birmingham City boss will be content with what has seen from his side so far.
The January transfer window will provide the manager with one final opportunity to bolster his squad ahead of the second half of the campaign, and the club could be busy when the winter window opens for business.
Faces will come into Pride Park, but some may be fearing for their futures in the East Midlands.
These two men face a crossroads in their careers next month…