Weekly Summer Roundup 3
Hurrah! We have something to talk about this week.
Curtis Davies has become Gary Rowett’s first signing in a £500k deal on a two year contract with the option of a third year.
Of the few players that Derby have been linked with so far, they have predominantly been defenders so it comes as little surprise that the club has made a move to strengthen the back line.
Davies has been captain at his previous clubs and has a wealth of experience in both the Premier League and in the Championship. He’s mobile, plays on the front foot and is strong in the air. Davies has also worked under good managers in Martin O’Neill and Steve Bruce.
When I met Gary Rowett, he mentioned that his preference was to avoid signing older players coming down from the Premier League so it’s perhaps correct that a few eyebrows were raised when a 32 year old is signed from a relegated club.
To counter that though, Derby have signed a proven defender for a very low fee on a deal initially for just two years. Rowett also has a budget to manage and if offers of £5million for Grant Hanley are to be believed then it isn’t the worst thing that Derby have gone out and signed an equally competent defender for a fraction of that fee.
Who’s to say that Hanley won’t arrive later in the summer but at the moment Derby have strengthened an area that needed working on.
Andre Wisdom was again linked this week with Steve Nicholson at the Derby Evening Telegraph confirming the clubs interest.
Wisdom’s brother also tweeted that he’s likely to stay in England, effectively ruling out a move to RB Salzburg where he’s spent the past season on loan.
Wisdom would fit the strong and athletic player description that Rowett wants to bring in but at a reported £4million won’t come cheap.
Still with the defence, Cyrus Christie become every Twitter Rams favourite player this week by having a pop back at the fans that had took a swipe at his comments in the Mirror.
Towards the bottom of the article Christie mentioned stated: “I’m one of the best full-backs in that league and on my day I think I’m the best in the Championship”
Some fans took exception to him having belief in his ability and saw it as arrogance and a chance to have a go at a player who has frustrated at times.
Fair play to Christie for coming back and saying what he believed. I think sometimes we (myself included) forget that footballers are people too. Yes they have the dream job and are paid ludicrously well but that doesn’t mean that they don’t hear, see or feel.
Moving away from the defence and Andi Weimann will be returning to the club for pre-season after Wolves decided not to take up the option of signing him for £1.5million. It seemed likely that had Paul Lambert remained in a job then Weimann would complete the move but instead he returns to Moor Farm in a matter of weeks.
Weimann has still failed to string a good run of games together at Derby and it’ll be interesting to see what Rowett makes of him. He is a player with plenty of energy and for a wide man is good defensively. He also has the ability to create space in forward positions due to his runs. I don’t think it’s the worst thing that Wolves have passed on the opportunity to sign him.