Derby County manager Gary Rowett has given an update on potential incomings and outgoings at the iPro Stadium between now and the August 31 deadline, reports The Derby Telegraph.
The Rams began their 2017/18 Championship campaign with a 1-1 draw at relegated Sunderland on Friday night, a match which saw the trio of new signings Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, and Andre Wisdom all make their debuts.
Yet with the likes of Will Hughes and Tom Ince having left the club this summer to Watford and Huddersfield respectively, further reinforcements in the attacking department appear needed for the East Midlands club to sustain a promotion push, and thus seek a return to the Premier League for the first time since their ill-fated campaign back in 2008.
The Rams have secured five successive top ten finishes in the second tier but haven’t quite been able to get over the line, and former Birmingham and Burton chief is expecting another few weeks of transfer activity to take place.
He said: ‘We all want it done yesterday but the reality is that probably it will be another two or three weeks before everything is completely done and there will still probably be a lot of things that aren’t done by that stage.
‘But, yes, I would imagine there will be a few more outs to go with an in or a couple of ins.’
Derby have been linked to various names such as Liverpool’s Sheyi Ojo and Everton’s Ademola Lookman in recent times, and although he has hinted at further activity, it remains to be seen whether the 43-year-old is able to get more players through the door before the August 31 deadline.
The Verdict: Gary Rowett’s comments are sure to intrigue Derby supporters, who saw their side lack the killer instinct to see off Sunderland on Friday night.
The Rams created chances and got into good positions but were unable to get the crucial second goal, to perhaps underline their need for further attacking reinforcements between now and August 31.
And one of the main things to gauge from the 43-year-old’s comments is that he still expects things to happen over the coming weeks, although whether they are the attacking reinforcements needed very much remains to be seen.
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