Claudio Ranieri has earned himself a reputation over the years as a man who isn`t afraid to make a change if needed….
Claudio Ranieri has earned himself a reputation over the years as a man who isn`t afraid to make a change if needed (and not needed in some cases). With the constant changes to the starting lineup in the early stages of this season is Paul Clement in danger of falling into the same bracket?
Football has been about mote than the starting XI for a good few years now and this is slowly trickling down to the lower levels. Clement has come from the very top of the game as a coach and whilst Real Madrid have a deep squad to compete on many fronts and so need to make changes are Derby County really in the same league?
Admittedly injuries have taken effect with central midfield seemingly cursed with Will Hughes already out for six months. Jeff Hendrick, Jamie Hanson, Craig Bryson and now George Thorne have all also had spells on the sideline and we`re only seven games into the season. Bradley Johnson and Jacob Butterfield made promising starts at the weekend but there are a lot of bodies to fit into three midfield roles once everyone is fit even if we continue playing 4-3-3.
The Rams picked up their first win of the season against Preston North End with five changes to the side. Competition for places is welcome at any club but when it comes down to replacing the goalkeeper for no obvious reason there is a feeling of change for change sake. Clement commented in the press after the match that Scot Carson was not dropped because of his form so it seems a little unusual to make that switch.
It was refreshing to see the level of investment in the playing side of things over the summer having had more than a few years of belt tightening but the size of the squad has left many fans wondering if Clement has an idea of his strongest side. The constant changes in the side give more credence to this idea and whilst this is not a criticism of Clement I for one would feel more comfortable with a settled team. Most Championship sides who are at the right end of the table have a core of the team who are the same week to week.
As the season progresses and The Rams hopefully find a little more rhythm to their play I`m sure the side will eventually settle down. Whilst results are not up to the level all Derby fans hoped for the constant changing of the side will probably be more of a focus then it needs to be. Win games and most other things are forgotten so let`s hope the results start to come so we can concentrate on getting behind Clement and his team rather than worrying over the constant changes.
What do you think to the course taken by Paul Clement so far. Is it right to be worried about the constant changes or is this being blown out of proportion with results not quite going to plan yet? Have your say in the comments…..