Phillip Cocu is in a spot of bother.
Injuries have ravaged a squad which wasn’t strong in any case, but is now looking so threadbare that goals, even chances are drying up alarmingly. We were limping towards January and ‘waiting for Wazza’ – now, we’re not even limping.
Away games against Reading and Wigan, followed by Charlton at home, are all to come before we welcome Rooney into the set-up. Those games don’t look fearsome on paper, but the Rams have been so poor of late that nothing can be taken for granted. And as Cocu has himself warned, simply expecting the England legend to fix everything on his own is not a sensible idea. We need players, pronto.
With that in mind, there was only one guest I wanted for this month’s Derby County BlogCast.
Soon after a season preview, in which he recommended that the Rams try to sign Krystian Bielik and Matt Clarke, while also warning that a goalkeeper was required and that selling a player to Brentford (Max Lowe) was never a wise idea, Ram starting scouting for Swansea City and became the co-founder of a new recruitment agency, MRKT Insights.
It was really kind of Ram to offer another hour of his time to go through the gory details of where things are going wrong for Cocu and, more importantly, what should happen next. Goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, or attacker – where do we start in terms of recruiting our way out of this mess? And beneath the rhetoric, how serious are Derby in reality about the goal of youth development?
Plus there’s a wonderfully-focused, comprehensive assessment of the pros and cons of Cocu’s time at the club thanks to my long-serving/suffering podcast accomplice, Chris Smith.
Enjoy the podcast and have a brilliant Christmas.
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