Spending millions in the summer comes with its advantages, but also its disadvantages.
For many teams, being able to state that your club has spent £20m in the summer seems like a dream, and so it was for us Derby County fans.
For as many seasons as I can remember, we were never quick to ‘splash the cash’ as you might say, so the recent summer signings of high profile players Andreas Weimann, Tom Ince, Bradley Johnson and Jason Shackell more than surprised supporters.
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However, with the confidence going into the season of spending the money and expecting it to pay off, comes the extremely difficult task for Paul Clement of picking his team for each game.
In recent games, the Derby line-up has been kept mostly the same, with the front three of Johnny Russell, Chris Martin and Tom Ince working a treat.
However, one position that seems to trouble Mr Clement is the left-back position.
To many fans surprise, Stephen Warnock was picked ahead of Craig Forsyth in the recent fixture vs Blackburn.
Some fans supported the idea, having a full-back with Warnock’s composure and calmness, keeping his head at the back, allows Christie to bomb down the right hand side for 90 minutes if he pleases, however many of the Rams fans believe that Forsyth should be in the team for his similar traits, and allowing both full backs to play as wingers and create options for the midfielders.
So far, Forsyth seems to be getting the nod far more than Warnock, however if he is to make a mistake, then he knows there is a player more than capable to replace him.
Another position that already causes Clement headaches is the central midfielder role.
As most football fans know, Mel Morris and Sam Rush were eager to replace Will Hughes and Craig Bryson after the opening day injuries, and boy did they do that.
When the final hours of transfer deadline came around, with the signature of Huddersfield Player of the Season Jacob Butterfield already confirmed, Derby fans were sent into a sense of disbelief when it was announced that Bradley Johnson, a player who had worked wonders at Norwich the previous season, had fallen out of favour with the Norwich manager, and had put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal with the Rams.
Ever since, his impact has influenced the team greatly, extremely noticeable as Derby have not lost a game since his arrival.
But with the signing of a player with his calibre, comes an even tougher decision, Derby have a whole host of brilliant midfielders in their ranks, currently available are Jeff Hendrick, Jacob Butterfield and Bradley Johnson, however players on the injury list like Will Hughes and Craig Bryson were first names on the team sheet when fit.
To add to this, young talents Ivan Calero and Alban Bunjaku are impressing in the under-21 squad and may deserve a call up to the first team sooner rather than later. Add all of these players to a list and it leaves the boss an almost impossible task.
Derby fans…. Who would you pick in your Rams line-up if you were manager? Is there any positions we can improve with signings? Who has impressed/disappointed you this season? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!