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Season Preview 2020 – Part 3 08/09/2020

Posted by Matt Rowson in Thoughts about things.
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DERBY COUNTY

INS: David Marshall (Wigan Athletic, Undisclosed); Mike te Wierik (Groningen, Free); Matt Clarke (Brighton & Hove Albion, Season Loan)

OUTS: Max Lowe & Jadon Bogle (Sheffield United, £11,000,000 joint); Mason Bennett (Millwall, Undisclosed); Chris Martin (Bristol City, Free); Ikechi Anya; Tom Huddlestone; Scott Malone (Millwall, Season Loan); Jonathan Mitchell (Northampton Town, Season Loan)

OUR EX-RAMS: Will Hughes

THEIR EX-ORNS: Craig Forsyth

REPORT ARCHIVE:

Season H A FAC LC OTH
2014-15 1-2 2-2
2013-14 2-3
2012-13 2-1
2011-12 0-1
2010-11 3-0
2009-10 0-1
2008-09 3-1
2005-06 2-2 2-1
2004-05 2-2 2-2
2003-04 2-1 2-3
2002-03 2-0 0-3
1999-00 0-0 0-2
1995-96 1-1

POSSIBLE STARTING ELEVEN:

Marshall
te Wierik      Bielik       Clarke
McDonald     Bird             Lawrence      Shinnie       Buchanan
Sibley          Waghorn

BLUFFER’S GUIDE: Since our promotion Derby have managed three play-off finishes in five seasons, reaching the final two years ago under the guidance of Frank Lampard with a couple of his future Chelsea charges on loan.  Last year, under the no less illustrious guidance of Philippe Cocu and player-coach Wayne Rooney, the Rams slipped back into mid-table with the threat of an (ultimately unrealised) Sheffield Wednesday-style points deduction hanging over their heads throughout.

As ever it’s difficult to make judgements with a lot of the transfer window to go (let alone having been a bit distracted for the last five years…) but County’s side looks solid but stodgy to me.  A lack of pace all round, despite the promise of youngster Sibley playing behind the forward, and a lack of depth in attacking positions in particular.  Derby aren’t flush for cash and so won’t be spending big between now and the end of the season;  any half-decent team has a shout of the play-offs in this division, but that’s the best they’ve got, a shout.  Unobtrusively mid-table seems more likely.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

INS: Danny Ward (Cardiff City, Free); Joel Pereira (Manchester United, Season Loan)

OUTS: Herbert Bockhorn (VfL Bochum, Free); Joel Coleman (Fleetwood Town, Free); Jan Gorenc-Stanković (Sturm Graz, Free); Elias Kachunga (Sheffield Wednesday, Free); Rekeil Pyke (Shrewsbury Town, Free); Collin Quaner; Danny Simpson; Reece Brown (Peterborough United, Season Loan); Scott High (Shrewsbury Town, Season Loan)

OUR EX-TERRIERS: None

THEIR EX-ORNS: Leigh Bromby (Head of First Team Operations), Jonathan Hogg

REPORT ARCHIVE:

Season H A FAC LC OTH
2018-19 3-0
2017-18 1-4 0-1
2014-15 4-2
2013-14 1-4
2012-13 4-0 3-2
2000-01 1-2 2-1
1998-99 1-1 0-2

POSSIBLE STARTING ELEVEN:

Pereira
Hadergjonaj       Schindler        Kongolo            Toffolo
Bacuna             Hogg         O’Brien
Grant                     Ward               Mbenza

BLUFFER’S GUIDE: The Terriers were promoted to the Premier League against all expectation three years ago.  After defying expectations by staying up in their first top flight campaign the wheels came off in the second and they were relegated, following up by struggling badly in the Championship last year.

In that time boss David Wagner has moved on and both Jan Siewert and Danny Cowley have been and gone.  The new incumbent is Spaniard Carlos Corberán, a former goalkeeper who has been managing Leeds’ U23s.  He inherits a side that has been losing far more games than it’s been winning for three seasons now, which is heavily reliant for goals on Karlan Grant, subject of approaches by West Brom according to reports, that is low on cover having lost a large proportion of last season’s senior squad over the summer and low on funds, loans having been repaid to former chairman Dean Hoyle leaving Town with ostensibly little to show for their Premier League escapade.

It’s difficult to see anything but a difficult season ahead.  Relegation candidates.

LUTON TOWN

INS: James Bree (Aston Villa, Undisclosed); Tom Lockyer (Charlton Athletic, Undisclosed); Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United, Season Loan); Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley, Free)

OUTS: Donervon Daniels (Crewe Alexandra, Free); Jake Jervis (SJK, Free); Frankie Musonda (Raith Rovers, Free); Marek Stech (Mansfield Town, Free); Donervon Daniels (Crewe Alexandra, Free); Lloyd Jones

OUR EX-HATTERS: Andre Gray

THEIR EX-ORNS: None

REPORT ARCHIVE:

Season H A FAC LC OTH
2005-06 1-1 2-1
2002-03 1-2
1997-98 1-1 4-0
1996-97 1-1 0-0
1995-96 1-1 0-0
1993-94 1-2
1982-83 5-2

POSSIBLE STARTING ELEVEN:

Sluga
Bree                Lockyer                 Bradley          Galloway
Rea         Berry          Mpanzu             Lee
Collins             Cornick

BLUFFER’S GUIDE: No, it’s not bloody exciting.  And yes, maybe I am getting old and grumpy but I could really have done without this.  If there’s a joy to be had in having local rivals it’s surely best realised by looking down a division or two.  It was very nearly two again, of course, but that’s not how things turned out and so here we are.  As I say, maybe I’m getting old…  but the bile and hatred of the worst of the (most) recent encounters I can do without.

Anyway.  The Hatters left it late but managed to preserve their second tier status with a little to spare in the end, if abetted by the bizarre goings on at Wigan.  Nathan Jones is back in charge after an unsuccessful secondment at Stoke and managed four wins in nine after the restart but doesn’t seem to have the full confidence of the Luton support judging from messageboard verdicts.  Ambitions don’t stretch much higher than lower mid-table, staying up would seem to do for most, but having made some crowd-pleasing defensive signings over the break they should at least be hard to beat.  Particularly, one suspects, on September 26th.

MIDDLESBROUGH

INS: Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers, Free)

OUTS: Adam Clayton (Birmingham City, Free); George Friend (Birmingham City, Free); Daniel Ayala; Rudy Gestede; Ryan Shotton

OUR EX-BORO: Nathaniel Chalobah

THEIR EX-ORNS: Britt Assombalonga

REPORT ARCHIVE:

Season H A FAC LC OTH
2016-17 0-0
2014-15 2-0  1-1
2013-14 1-0
2012-13 1-2  2-1
2011-12 2-1
2010-11 3-1
1999-00 1-3 1-1  0-1

POSSIBLE STARTING ELEVEN:

Stojanovic
Dijksteel        Hall             Fry
Spence     Tavernier         Howson     Saville    Johnson
Assombalonga             Fletcher

BLUFFER’S GUIDE:  In the three years since relegation Boro’s fortunes have followed their parachute payments…. play-offs in 2018, narrowly missing out in seventh a year later and then coming horribly close to the drop last time out under Jonathan Woodgate before Neil Warnock arrived in typically understated fashion to haul yet another side away from trouble.

It looks a bit dicey again for Boro, who have lost an awful lot of experience over the close season with Warnock chuntering in the local press about players and agents with unreasonable expectations in the current climate as he struggles to bring players in.  No doubting that there’s an awful lot in that, but these are revealing comments and cast an angle on our own squad… both that we’re perhaps lucky to have so many assets desirable to the relatively limited number of clubs with actual money, and that those in our squad beneath that top tier might find that they’re not going to match the money of their current contracts and might actually stay put.

So Boro have some useful players and some decent kids coming through by all accounts but they’re short on numbers as it stands and will be vulnerable to a bad run of injuries.  Probably too much about them to struggle badly, but only probably.

Comments»

1. Vic Bait - 08/09/2020

Missed Andre Gray as an ex Hatter!

Good read though!

Matt Rowson - 08/09/2020

Thanks Vic, will amend

2. Harefield Hornet - 08/09/2020

Re Local derby – not having to host their undesirable element at the Vic is possibly the only positive thing to emerge from the Pandemic!


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