Derby County’s Kelle Roos has come under a heavy amount of criticism since the commencement of the new 2019/20 campaign.
Despite the sarcastic cheers and demands for him to be dropped, fellow Dutchman and manager Philip Cocu has kept faith in the goalkeeper, with Roos playing in every minute of Championship football so far this season.
At the beginning of the season, Derby fans were given an idea as to who their first choice goalkeeper would be after Scott Carson was loaned out to the Premier League champions Manchester City in one of the most bizarre transfers of the window. This meant that, at that time, Roos was their only goalkeeper at the club. They later signed the out of favour Ben Hamer on loan from Huddersfield Town as cover.
It is a move that a few Derby supporters are now looking back on in desperation and may be one the club are living to regret. Roos has kept five clean sheets in 18 Championship encounters this season, none of which have come away from Pride Park.
On his three visits to London this season, Roos has conceded nine goals against Brentford, Charlton Athletic and, in their most recent away bettering, Fulham.
Amid this poor form, BBC Derby journalist Ed Dawes has claimed that letting Carson go was a grave mistake.
In a response to a tweet about not signing another goalkeeper at the beginning of the season, Dawes wrote:
Carson should never have been allowed to leave on loan.
— Ed Dawes (@Ed__Dawes) November 26, 2019
Plenty of Derby fans agreed with his claim.
Couldn't agree more. Surely it's time for Hamer to be given a go until January? Then go out and sign a new number one? I'd try for Joe Hart in January.
— Tom McCoy (@tommccoy87) November 26, 2019
Totally totally agree. The writing was on the wall with that mistake at Wembley. We need a replacement for him in January or Carson to be recalled
— Michael Broadley (@BroadleyMichael) November 26, 2019
Surely there was some kind of financial reason for this deal? Maybe Cocu didn't realise how poor Roos was going to be.
— I should Cocu (@Tweddds) November 26, 2019
Kelle Roos needs to be dropped Ed, cost us 2 goals tonight, terrible goalkeeper all round.
— Barnaby and Chris (@AmbroseBarnaby) November 26, 2019
Money talking there Ed? Can’t see that it was for football reasons. Roos aside though, why are we treating Fulham like they are peak Barcelona- all went tits up away from home after we threw away three easy points at Barnsley. Got to say, I don’t understand what our plan is
— Stuart Forsyth (@sjforsyth) November 26, 2019
Some put it down to other circumstances like Cocu’s poor lack of judgement and naivety.
Not about letting somebody leave, it’s reacting to that and bringing somebody in who will be better
— Khai Smith (@khaismith26) November 26, 2019
Does he keep playing him because he's Dutch
— Hendo (@PaulPhendo) November 26, 2019
Roos has his qualities as a shot stopper but the physical aspects of the goalkeeper position pass him by. Is that coaching or something within him that causes that? He ought to be swapped out for a spell to literally get out the firing line
— name cannot be blank (@Williams96Max) November 26, 2019