Derby County takes to the field tomorrow for the first of 23 home games in the EFL Championship against long-time rivals, Leeds United.
With several new signings over the week, it is unclear which players, formation and tactics the Rams will use against their historic Yorkshire rivals.
Derby has added to their defensive and offensive line-ups in a frantic week in the transfer market. Last to be signed was Scunthorpe United’s 23-Year-old, Duane Holmes, who cut it fine with a reported two minutes left of the transfer window yesterday when he put pen to paper.
Attacking options have also been bolstered by the £5m signing of Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn. He was a replacement for last season’s Championship Golden Boot winner Matej Vydra, who departed for the Premiership with Burnley.
Meanwhile, Leeds have been busy also in the transfer market. Several players have departed Ronaldo Vieira being their main sale, costing Sampdoria £6.2m. Jack Harrison has come in on a season-long loan from Manchester City, while, Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman have been bought from Chelsea. The Rams and Jody Morris, in particular, should have pretty good intel’ on these two.
Looking back to last seasons corresponding game, back in February, the game ended in a 2-2 draw, with another Chelsea player, this time Derby’s Kasey Palmer netting a time added on goal to give the Rams a share of the points. Palmer has now departed the Rams and is currently on a seasons loan to Blackburn Rovers.