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Player return is exactly what Cocu and Derby need right now: Comment

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Comment’ series, this content stand is where the author of the article issues their personal opinion on the topic at hand…

Derby County have so far endured a below par start to their Championship campaign, with newly installed manager Phillip Cocu’s side having picked up one win, three draws and two defeats in their first six games of the season,

With the Rams conceding nine goals so far this season, they currently possess one of the worst defensive records in the league, which may be due in parts to them missing one of their key players, 19 year-old right-back Jayden Bogle.

Bogle was one of Derby’s most influential figures last term as the Rams made it all the way to the playoff final, only to fall at the final hurdle, with the impressive young full-back picking up the club’s Young Player of the Year for his excellent performances for the club last term.

When diving deep into his statistics from last season, it is easy to see why Bogle was held in such high regard by his peers, with the players recording an average of 2.6 tackles per game, putting him in and amongst the highest rated Derby players last season for defensive contribution.

However, Bogle is not only well regarded for his defensive traits, but also for what he adds to the team in attack, with the Rams right back registering two goals and nine assists, with an average of 1.9 dribbles per game, making him one of the key contributors to goals for County last season.

Bogle also impressed for County in passing verticals, with the young full-back recording a pass success rate of 79.6%, while averaging 45.3 passes per game, with a total average of 1.2 key passes per game, making the Reading born defender one of Derby’s key creative outlets last term.

What made Bogle’s performances all the more impressive, was that it was his first season in the senior squad, having been promoted from the youth team by then County boss Frank Lampard after impressing the now Chelsea boss, with the 19 year-old’s performance for the Rams leading to him signing a new four-year contract in September 2018.

This should be viewed as a key move by the County management team at the time, with Bogle’s monetary value rising from £225,000 in September 2018 to £6.30 million in June 2019, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk’s analysis of the player’s market value.

Although his stock is likely to be a lot higher than what has been projected, Derby will not be in a rush to cash in on the youngster, with the player further underlining his importance this season, with the 19-year-old having picked up one assist in his first two games, before then sustaining an injury that has kept him out of County’s last six games.

Lastly, the main thing that will be telling for Cocu is that in both games the 19-year-old has played this season, County have not suffered a defeat, conceding only one goal in the process. The Dutchman will no doubt welcome the return of his influential defender to the first team set up.

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