Date: 16th May 2018 at 5:20pm
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Well, it is just over 24 hours since Derby County were beaten in the Championship play-off semi-final by Fulham but speculation of who stays, goes or comes into the club has started.

Several players have mentioned in tweets that they will be staying, but is that just to placate the fans, or do they mean it?

Joe Ledley will he still be here at the start of next season?

Joe Ledley has indicated that he will be staying but his current contract with the Rams runs out on the 30th June. The question also has to be asked should Derby be looking for younger talent? Ledley is 31 and featured only as a substitute in the playoff games and that may be significant for the Cardiff born midfielder.

Luke Thomas is a young star that Derby should be looking to hold on to, but interest by at least one Premiership club could signal his departure. Luke has tweeted that he will “see you all next season”. Again we would ask is this just a young man happy to have made his first break into Championship football or is it a smokescreen to mask what is going on behind the scenes and with his agent? Here’s what he had to say:

Vydra scoring one of the goals that earned him the Championship golden boot this season

Speculation concerning Matej Vydra is rife on the internet and now the Rams have failed to make it to the Premiership there may be serious pressure to cash in on the 22 goal striker in the closed season. Estimates of his worth vary but a figure between £8m and £15m may tempt the Rams. Meeting FFP is also a reason that the Rams may lose Vydra for next season. Making the books balance will mean various players have to be moved on in the summer. Players such as Chris Martin and Craig Bryson need to know just where they stand in relation to playing for the Rams or moving on to new challenges.

Fans are even calling for the heads of two regular first team defenders. Calls to sell or release Richard Keogh and Craig Forsyth have been seen on Twitter and other social media. This may, of course, be just another knee-jerk reaction to the disappointment again suffered by Rams fans in this seasons playoffs.


4 Replies to “Who do Rams keep or sell?”

  • I have been a long distance derby supporter since 1948 , never been to derby in my life , saw the great raich carter, peter Doherty, frank musson, tim ward etc. etc at the valley beating Charlton 3=1 so it follows I must be very thick skinned given the last 3 seasons alone, how is it possible for a team when so well placed for automatic promotion can just fall apart, clearly somethings not right, lost count of the times they have lost points in last minutes= lack of leadership, it may also be worth noting that the most successful teams in English football are managed by foreign managers, it makes no sense, perhaps we will have to settle for derby being just a championship team.

    • It is an enigma John and to be honest I have yet to meet the person who can come up with the answer. I have always looked at the team manager as the person who dictates a season or indeed any era in a clubs history and more and more it is a foreign manager, or manager that stands head and shoulders about the rank and file. I think Villa have the best of the English managers and I fully expect Steve Bruce to lead them back to the Premiership. He is just one of those people. I personally hate Bruce as he tried to ruin our season once when we had a retrospective red card for current WBA manager Darren Moore but he is one of those managers that are head and shoulders above the rest………….I hope Derby keep Rowett but he has a lot to learn before he is one of those managers.

    • We will not be doing either I am afraid Colin. It would be nice to build around a 22 goal striker and bring in the talented Chelsea youth but we are about to be a selling club, as we have bought far too many has-beens’s lately and the decent older players have lost form or ambition and to be honest are now virtually worthless unless we give them away. A cull of players is inevitable I am afraid and next season will be a testing one for manager and fans alike at Derby County.

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