New Derby County BlogCast – 2019/20 season preview

With the season only a couple of weeks away, it’s time to get the band back together – or at least, three bass players – to discuss where Derby are up to, what they still need to do in the transfer market to be ready for another crack at the top six and our initial take on the appointment of Phillip Cocu to replace Frank Lampard.

Chris and I were joined on this occasion by Ram Srinivas, who has the distinction of being the first international guest on the pod, the first non-Derby fan (like Lampard and Jody Morris, he is a Chelsea man) and also the first touring musician. He has also written a brilliant analysis of Lampard’s Derby last season, which I encourage everyone to read.

In the pod, we have a quick look back at last season, before moving onto the pressing business of potential transfer targets and a scan of the rest of the competition’s runners and riders.

Ram has produced some cracking player visuals for some of Derby’s players and also for some of the transfer targets he has identified:-

Graeme Shinnie – Ram sees him as a considerable upgrade on Craig Bryson for his all-round game, both creative and destructive
Kieran Dowell – he will provide some of the goals and guile which were lost when Mason Mount and Harry Wilson left the club
Mason Bennett – a curiosity of a player, but one Ram rates pretty highly. Great in the air, has good involvement in build-up play and really versatile. Can he become more than an impact player this season?
Krystian Bielik – Ram sees the young Arsenal player as one who should be a top target for Derby. Can play at centre back or in midfield, great on the ball and wins everything in the air…
The only trouble will be fighting to the front of the queue!
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