We’re back. And we’re ready to do it all over again.

July 31, 2018 - Joel Clyne

No, not the podcast. At least not any time soon. But we’re back posting and more importantly, Derby are back too.

Will we ever get a relatively calm summer at this club? Yet again it has been another one of upheaval. I think that it’s fair to say that you can’t put any blame at the owners door this time. If anything, he got the best he could for the club.

He fended off Stoke’s initial interest for Gary Rowett. Gave him a new contract (it was deserved too). Stoke came back calling and we got a nice big wedge of compensation – which we wouldn’t have previously – and then appointed one of the best midfielders this country has produced. Nice.

I was a touch dubious about the appointment of Frank Lampard. I still am to an extent. But an impressive pre-season and some genuinely exciting signings have me filled with belief that we could do something this year. And even if we don’t, I still get the impression that it’s going to be exciting. And it seems like ages since we’ve had that.

I’m intrigued to see how this high intensity pressing game fares in a 46 game season. I struggle to see how it can be maintained throughout the campaign and I think that there’ll be periods of the season where we dip due to fatigue and possibly injury (February / March…).

The size of the squad is something that needs addressing. It feels as if that’s something that has been mooted for the past five seasons and it’s a direct result of the constant circulation of managers and some frankly reckless spending during that time.

There are players on large contracts who’s deals are coming to an end next summer and in some cases, that can’t come soon enough. I hope that the club has learnt from that.

Speaking of outgoings, the Matej Vydra thing is a bit weird isn’t it? That potential Leeds move dragged on forever and then we hear reports of him demanding £50k a week. Bizarre.

I guess he’s sat on a comfortable £30k here and wasn’t that fussed about moving. Which, you can kind of understand but at the same time it doesn’t put us in a particularly good position.

There didn’t seem to be any other club willing to meet the £11million valuation (which is a touch on the low side). His value is going to start to drop considerably over the next year. He doesn’t really fit into the 433 that Lampard is playing. He also seems to have planned our season without him. From everything you can gather, the club needs to sell too. The only hope now is that a Premier League club panics and offers the cash as the deadline approaches. Something which could well happen given the value of goals in that division and the desperation you see from many clubs.

Anyway, Friday is fast approaching. Wouldn’t it be great if this was our year. UTR.