Derby County defender Lee Buchanan has made a promising start to the 2021/22 campaign in the Championship.
The 20-year-old has helped the Rams keep five clean-sheets in the second-tier during the nine appearances that he has made for the club.
After being heavily linked with a move to Derby’s arch-rivals Nottingham Forest in the summer, Buchanan will now be looking to play a key role in his side’s battle against relegation in the coming months.
Here, we take a look at what the future holds for Buchanan and ask whether a new deal for the left-back is likely to happen…
What do we know so far?
A report from The Sun journalist Alan Nixon earlier this year revealed that Forest had a bid rejected by Derby for Buchanan.
The Reds opted to pull out of the race for the left-back’s signature and thus Buchanan stayed at Pride Park during the summer transfer window.
Celtic were also touted as potential suitors for the defender but a move didn’t materialise.
Buchanan has since gone on to feature regularly at Championship level for Derby this season who are set to face an uphill battle to avoid relegation due to their points deduction.
Is a new deal likely to happen?
When you consider that the Rams are currently in administration, they are clearly not in a healthy position to negotiate new contracts with their players.
Keeping this in mind, Derby will need to wait until they find fresh investment before they look into the possibility of extending Buchanan’s stay.
When you consider that the left-back’s current deal is set to expire next summer, the Rams may opt to cash in on him in January if they cannot convince him to commit his future to the club.
With Derby’s administrators suggesting that the club may need to sell some of their players in the upcoming transfer window, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the defender moves on to pastures new as he clearly possesses a great deal of talent.