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Promoted or not, Derby would be wise to axe 6ft 2 star who signed in 2012: Opinion

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Derby County will be looking to defy the odds and book their place in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final, with a win over Leeds United tonight.

The Rams currently trail 1-0 on aggregate after a poor showing on Saturday afternoon, with Frank Lampard’s side looking to improve at Elland Road tonight.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were better than Derby in every area of the pitch at the weekend – Kemar Roofe led the line magnificently well for the Whites, whilst Gaetano Berardi and Pontus Jansson coped with the physical prowess of David Nugent with ease.

Fikayo Tomori put in a solid performance for the Rams, however Richard Keogh will be looking to make a major improvement to his performance at the weekend.

Lampard’s summer business has proven that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough, with 21-year old Tomori establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the Championship.

And it seems as if that transfer ethos is something that Lampard will follow again next year, with the Rams being linked with a summer move to sign young Everton defender Matthew Pennington.

With all these youngsters set to play a key role under Lampard, it makes you wonder what the future holds for Keogh at Pride Park.

The 32-year old has been a reliable figure for Derby over the years, making over 350 appearances for the Rams since arriving from Coventry in 2012.

But, with his form declining and his age increasing, this summer may be the perfect time for Lampard to get rid of the experienced central defender, and look to build for the future.

He’s a fans’ favourite at Pride Park, but even the most positive of Derby fans would probably say that a change is needed to make the Rams a more sustainable unit going forward.

We saw Lampard axe Jason Shackell in the summer, and it would not be surprising whatsoever to see Keogh become the next experienced player to lose his place at Pride Park…

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