It was mentioned on our most recent podcast that it’d probably take Gary Rowett about three transfer windows to get the exact squad that he wants at Derby.
Make no mistake, Rowett has found this summer’s window frustrating. He almost certainly hasn’t been helped with another boom in transfer prices whereby nobody really knows the true value of any player.
The Premier League is so rich now that clubs like ourselves are finding it increasingly difficult to do business with them.
The Tom Lawrence deal looks as if it’s going through for around £7million. Lawrence has played a handful of games for Leicester, is in the final year of his deal and is clearly not in their plans yet they can still demand such a fee because, well, why not. Leicester aren’t in need of the cash but they’re in the wonderful position whereby they can be pretty stubborn knowing that Derby are a club in need.
Derby are well in need of further additions though. The balance in central midfield hasn’t been right in the opening two league games. There’s a need for legs and more mobility.
Another addition out wide would also be of use and it’s quite possible that Derby will look to the loan market. They’ve already been linked with some Premier League loans but it may be nearer to the end of the window should these moves happen when clubs make their final day dealings.
Outgoings have been difficult as well. This is in part down to the constant hiring and firing of managers and their demand for their own players. Derby paid high fees and also pay their players handsomely, more so than other clubs would be willing to do so the idea of shifting players out of the club has proven problematic.