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Opinion: Potential Derby County incoming would seem strange in the current circumstances

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For those associated with Derby County, the first signing of the summer transfer window will surely be greeted with a huge sense of relief.

With a squad that only just avoided relegation to League One at the end of last season having been trimmed to its bare bones by a raft of departures, and subsequent uncertainty amid some heavy transfer embargoes from the EFL, things have been worryingly quiet in terms on incomings at Pride Park.

As a result, with the start of the new Championship campaign now less than two weeks, any piece of recruitment the Rams are able to do will undoubtedly be a sight for sore eyes.

However, it could be argued that even with that need for new recruits, there is one rumoured potential signing that feels like it would make little sense for Derby at this moment in time.

According to recent reports, the club are set to offer a contract to goalkeeper Ryan Allsop, who is currently a free agent following his departure from Wycombe Wanderers at the end of last things.

On the face of it, Allsop could be a useful signing for Derby. The goalkeeper is a solid option between the posts, who could certainly be relied upon in the Championship, and at 29-years-old, he could be a useful asset for many years to come.

However, that does not change the fact that Derby already have two senior goalkeepers on their books for next season, in the shape of David Marshall and Kelle Roos.

As a result, it doesn’t seem to make much sense for the Rams to a third goalkeeper to their ranks, given the situation they find themselves in with regards to other positions.

Right now, Derby boss Wayne Rooney is facing the prospect of starting the season with just seven senior outfield players in his squad, none of whom are centre backs. Meanwhile, young midfielder Jason Knight facing several weeks on the sidelines following what is an already infamous training ground collision with his manager.

As a result, given financial issues and limits placed on them by the EFL mean that Derby are likely to be severely limited with regards to how many players they can bring, adding a third goalkeeper to their ranks does seem like it would be an odd move for Derby, given that would eat into what limited funds and quota they have to provide some welcome depth to other positions in their squad.

It seems therefore, that Derby must use what recruitment they can get done this summer wisely.

But while there is nothing to suggest that Allsop is not capable of stepping up for the Rams, it seems that the circumstances Derby find themselves in, mean that there are other potentials signings they could make, that they would need to do that more than the goalkeeper himself.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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