It is 26 days until new Derby County boss Phillip Cocu’s reign at Pride Park begins properly with the season opener against Huddersfield Town.
The Dutchman faces a tough task after the success Frank Lampard achieved in his debut season with the Midlands club.
Lampard took Derby to the play-off final in the 2018/19 campaign but left this summer, after just one season with the club, to become the Chelsea manager.
Another Ram who could be departing this summer is Florian Jozefzoon, who is a target of Bundesliga side Schalke, according to Football Insider.
New Schalke boss David Wagner is believed to be keen to bring the Derby winger to the German club.
We put a spotlight on the 28-year-old’s performances last season to examine whether the new Rams boss should let him leave this summer or keep him at Pride Park.
Jozefzoon made 28 appearances for Derby last season, starting just 13 of them, and grabbed just two goals and one assist–really poor production in a team who were competing near the top of the Championship table.
He was rated by WhoScored as the fifth worst player in the Rams squad last season, with an average rating of just 6.24.
His average of 0.6 shots per game puts him lower than any other forward at Derby in the 2018/19 campaign, while his 0.4 average key passes per game put him in the bottom half of the squad.
Will the ball at his feet, Jozefzoon averaged 0.6 dribbles per game and kept possession well, averaging 1.4 unsuccessful touches per game and 0.9 dispossessions per game, which could suggest he would fit well into the direct style of play Cocu is thought to prefer.
The Dutch winger had a respectable pass success rate of 77.3% but averaged just 9.8 passes per game, the fourth worst in the squad. This may, however, not be a huge issue for Cocu whose preferred style of play is, according to Squawka, based around creating opportunities via as few passes as possible.
Cocu prefers to use an orthodox 4-3-3, which utilises skilful midfielders and wingers, and as Jozefzoon is comfortable playing on either flank and has done for much of his career, he would fit well in the 4-3-3 formation and could offer some versatility.
While at Pride Park, the 28-year-old has been unable to repeat the form he showed during the 2017/18 season at Brentford, which saw him score seven goals and grab seven assists for the Bees, but the new manager may feel he can help him get back to playing at that level.
Cocu will need to have reinforcements on both flanks if he is to utilise his expected 4-3-3 formation next season but ultimately Jozefzoon was poor last season and the new Rams boss should let him go, providing he is confident of being able to add two or three players in that position this summer.