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Derby County Opinion: Why the Rams should make a move for Liam Lindsay

According to a report from the Derby Telegraph, Derby County are one of the clubs interested in signing Barnsley defender Liam Lindsay.

Liam Lindsay, 23, impressed for Barnsley during the 2018/19 campaign, helping the Tykes achieve promotion to the Championship. The defender, who joined Barnsley from Scottish club Partick Thistle in 2017, made 46 appearances this past season as Daniel Stendel’s side finished second in League One.

However, the 23-year-old defender has just a year left on his contract at the club and Barnsley would prefer to cash in on one of their standout performers rather losing him on a free transfer next summer. The report claims West Brom, Brentford, Stoke City and Middlesbrough are also keen on Lindsay.

But Derby County must do everything possible to beat their Championship rivals to the signing of Liam Lindsay.

Frank Lampard was able to guide Derby to the Championship play-off final last season, in his first season as a manager. He did a fantastic job on his debut season at Pride Park and expectations will be much higher next term. His aim will be to get the Rams over the line and for that to happen, Lampard will need to invest in the right areas over of the squad.

Derby’s need for defensive reinforcements is paramount at the moment. They saw defender and player of the year Fikayo Tomori return back to his parent club Chelsea following the expiry of his loan spell. Alex Pearce is joining Millwall next month, while Efe Ambrose, who was signed a short-term deal on a free transfer from Hibernian in January, has been released.

Liam Lindsay could prove to be an excellent addition for the Rams. The 23-year-old was fantastic with Barnsley in League One, helping the club boast the best defensive record in the division. He would not only add quality to the squad but also some much-needed depth to Lampard’s defensive ranks.

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The Scotsman seemingly has an incredibly promising career ahead of him and as he could be available on a bargain deal this summer, Lampard must not hesitate to pluck him away from Barnsley ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Verdict

It appears as though defence is an area Derby will simply have to strengthen to boost their promotion hopes, and they could do worse than to look at a promising defender with huge potential such as Liam Lindsay.

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Can these three young Championship starlets make the step up to the Premier League?

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With the new Premier League season approaching fans of every club in England’s topflight will be hoping and praying that their team can pull off some inspired signings this summer as they look to build on the last campaign.

Over the last few seasons we’ve seen a number of starlets from England’s second tier, the Championship, make the jump up to the Premier League- and make a big impression- but which out of last year’s crop of second-division talent has the best chance of making their mark in the top flight this time round?

Let’s look at 3 who could have a very bright future in the Prem next season:

Neal Maupay

When Dean Smith persuaded Maupay to swap French club Saint-Étienne for the sunny delights of Brentford in 2017 it was considered a bit of a shock. The young forward was developing a strong reputation in France as one of their up and coming leading lights but now, after a couple of seasons in England’s second-tier, you could argue his stock is even higher.

Technically strong, with quick feet and good hold up play, Maupay enjoyed a stellar campaign for Brentford during 2018-19, netting 25 goals and providing 8 assists in 43 matches last term.

Given his form, and the fact that he is still just 22, it will come as no surprise to learn that he’s been linked with a move to the big league this summer. A host of Premier League clubs are said to be weighing up bids for Maupay, including Aston Villa, who are now managed by Smith in the Premier League following play-off final glory in May.

Harry Wilson

Loaned out to Frank Lampard and Derby County from Liverpool for the 18-19 championship campaign, Harry Wilson is another exciting attacking talent who lit up England’s second division last term during his time at Pride Park; scoring 16 times and providing 4 assists as Frank’s men made it all the way to the play-off final.

Pacey and composed, many pundits are tipping Wilson for the big time and many Liverpool fans have been keeping a close eye on the young Welshman’s progress.

Now 22, and with more competitive matches under his belt, could he make the step up and play any sort of role under Jurgen Klopp? He will certainly offer Liverpool a different option out wide but could he prove to be the difference as the reds aim for a first league title in almost 30 years?

 They’re currently priced at around 5/2 with most bookmakers to lift the Premier League crown next season, but it might be worth taking advantage of some matchedbettingsites new customer offers if you fancy backing the reds, especially given that they will do doubt once again face fierce competition in the form of Manchester City, amongst others, for the top domestic prize in English football.

Jarrod Bowen

Another exciting attacking talent, this time it’s Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen, the Englishman who made it into the EFL Team of season following an outstanding 2018-19 Championship campaign where he fired in 22 goals and chipped in with 4 assists under the stewardship of Nigel Adkins at the KC.

In January, the youngster, still only 22, was linked with a move to Spurs and there are said to be plenty of other Premier League clubs interested in capturing his signature this summer.

With his ability to play anywhere across the front line, his age and versatility are very attractive features, and each year it seems Bowen is getting better and better after he built on his tally of 14 goals and 1 assist in the 2017-18 Championship season.

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Derby County signing this £2m-rated central defender would turn their backline into one of the strongest – Agreed?

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Derby County Opinion: Why the Rams should make a move for Damian Oko

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Derby County are interested in Zaglebie Lubin defender Damian Oko. The left-sided central defender is valued at £2million.

Damian Oko, 22, started his career at Zaglebie Lubin, progressing through the club’s youth ranks before making his first-team debut in October last year. He managed 17 appearances in his debut season in the top tier of Polish football, impressing with a series of standout performances.

And those performances have caught the attention of Derby County, who will be desperate to put the play-off final disappointment behind them as Frank Lampard plans for next season.

The Rams have already snapped up Graeme Shinnie on a free transfer from Aberdeen and are looking out for reinforcements to mount another assault on promotion. Lampard has a very good squad but the departures of Fikayo Tomori, Harry Wilson and Mason Mount following the expiry of their loan spells have weakened the team.

While Wilson and Mount impressed in the final third of the pitch, Tomori came off age and was a rock at the back alongside skipper, Richard Keogh. Tomori’s return back to parent club Chelsea will hurt Derby more, considering Lampard already has very fewer options in central defence.

Keogh is edging towards the twilight of his career and so is Curtis Davies, who spent almost the entire campaign on the sidelines due to Achilles injury. The Rams have released Efe Ambrose, who was signed on a short-term deal in the second half of the season but didn’t make a single appearance.

Thus, interest in Damian Oko makes proper sense. Oko is a talented and promising young central defender, who under the guidance of Lampard can only get better in the coming years. The Pole had a solid debut season with Zaglebie Lubin and has the attributes to thrive in the Championship. He is decent on the ball and would really fit into Lampard’s system, bringing balance in central defence.

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Derby will need to strengthen in defence this summer, not least due to the crisis at the back, and Oko’s performances in Poland have shown he could be a good addition. He isn’t experienced and has just completed his debut season in his country, but at £2million, the 22-year-old will be worth the gamble.

Verdict

If Derby are to challenge for promotion again next season, Lampard needs to make some bargain signings over the summer. And an unknown quantity like Oko is the sort of signing the Rams need to be doing ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

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Brighton’s £10m pursuit of this teenage powerhouse would provide them with ideal replacement for Bruno

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Brighton Opinion: Jayden Bogle could be the ideal replacement for Bruno

According to The Sun, Brighton and Hove Albion are closing in on the signing of Derby County right-back Jayden Bogle for a fee of £10 million, with reports claiming that new manager Graham Potter is keen to bring the 18-year-old to the Amex Stadium this summer.

The Sun also understands that Brighton’s reserve goalkeeper Christian Walton, who was on loan at Wigan Athletic in the Championship this term, is likely to move to Pride Park on loan for the upcoming season as a part of the deal.

Bogle enjoyed a fantastic breakthrough season in Derby’s first team in the Championship this season and made a total of 50 appearances, as the Rams went all the way to the playoff finals, where they lost out to Aston Villa.

The 18-year-old contributed with as many as 2 goals and 9 assists in his debut season at the senior level and earned plenty of plaudits for his consistently impressive displays at right-back.

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There is an air of fresh breath at the Amex Stadium following the dismissal of Chris Hughton and the appointment of former Swansea City manager Graham Potter at the helm of affairs. Brighton needed a change after a hugely disappointing campaign in the Premier League, where they barely managed to survive relegation, and the new manager has made his intentions very clear.

Bogle was one of the breakout stars in the second-tier last season and it is not difficult to see why the Seagulls are looking to get him on board this summer. Long-standing right-back Bruno Saltor has finally hung up his boots and his retirement has left Brighton short of cover at right-back, with Martin Montoya being the only senior option in that area of the pitch.

To put things into perspective, the Seagulls cannot afford to embark on the upcoming season with just a single right-back in their ranks and someone like Jayden Bogle, who showed signs of outgrowing the Championship in his debut season, could prove to be a handy addition to the squad.

Bogle’s metaphoric rise has taken the fans and the pundits by surprise and the 18-year-old’s fine performances in his debut season have earned him a call-up to England’s U-20 squad for the 2019 Toulon Tournament. He is seen as an exciting prospect for the future and landing him would certainly be a massive coup for Brighton.

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Quick across the ground and strong on the tackle, Bogle is very much a modern-day offensive-minded flying full-back in the making. He never showed any signs of nervousness and was rarely overwhelmed by the reputation of the opposition in his very first season at the senior level, which earned him rave reviews for his big-game temperament.

Calm and composed in possession and accurate with his crossing, Bogle not only covers every blade of grass down the flanks but he is more than capable of contributing to both defence and attack. While he is adept at creating chances with his penchant for key passes in the final third, the 18-year-old has shown a level of maturity that belies his tender years, both in terms of reading of the game and decision-making.

The talented teenager averaged 2.6 tackles, 1.2 key passes and 2.3 successful long balls per game in the Championship this past season, figures which speak volumes of his well-rounded abilities as a right-back.

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He would probably play the role of an understudy to Martin Montoya if a move does materialize, but one would expect him to nail down a first-team spot sooner or later provided he continues his development at the same rate.

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All in all, Brighton could have an absolute gem on their hands if they manage to strike a deal for the highly-rated right-back this summer.

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