Richard Keogh was back in action yesterday for the U23 side who secured a vital win against West Ham in their bid to stay in the top division.
Does this mean we could be seeing a Rams back five for Saturday’s crucial game against Middlesbrough at Pride Park?
Keogh didn’t play in his usual central defensive position for the U23 game but sat just in front of a back three. The new look formation and the change of role for Keogh bags the question “are the Rams now changing formation at first-team level?”.
Certainly with an ample amount of central defenders the back three with Keogh in front could be an option. Andre Wisdom played at centre back for a season before joining the Rams, playing for Red Bull Salzburg and winning an Austrian Bundesliga league and Cup double. Curtis Davies and Alex Pearce being the other central defenders.
The new system if implemented could see the Rams field up to six defensive minded players in the team which given that Derby County now need to start winning games doesn’t bode well for the end of season run-in, although the Rams do have a game in hand on both Middlesbrough and Millwall who sit a point above them.
Interesting days may lay ahead then and whatever team or system Derby County use it needs to be a vast improvement on the poor display shown at Burton Albion last weekend.