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Steve McClaren highlights a key reason why Derby County are struggling this season

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Derby County manager Steve McClaren has confirmed he is looking to solve a “problem” on the left-side of his attack, as he struggles to find the right solution to Derby’s goalscoring woes, reports the Derby Telegraph.

McClaren has used a number of players on the left-wing since his return to the club in October, with youngster, Mason Bennett, the latest to partner Darren Bent and Tom Ince in attack.

Bennett was used from the bench in Saturday’s defeat to Aston Villa, replacing Johnny Russell in the second-half.

Speaking about his rotation on the left-side, McClaren told the Derby Telegraph: “We have tried a lot of people on the left, we have pretty much tried everybody, although I must say I thought Johnny Russell was excellent.

“We put Mason on to change it around. If Darren Bent or Tom Ince don’t score, we generally don’t.”

Ince and Bent are Derby’s top goal scorers this season, with both forwards finding the net on 12 occasions.

A host of Derby’s players have scored two goals this season, with limited support shown to Bent and Ince, McClaren continued: “We don’t get many goals from the left-hand side and it has been a problem for us all season.”

McClaren’s side suffered defeat on Saturday, losing 1-0 to struggling Aston Villa, leaving the Rams without a win throughout February.

The club’s recent run of form has seen them fall ten-points behind the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs and sitting 11th in the table.

Next up for McClaren’s side is a trip to Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday evening.

Derby fans… Who would you like to see play alongside Bent and Ince in attack? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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