Since I last wrote on here the Rams have been on a slump. Well, a slump by the standards of recent months under the stewardship of Steve McClaren.
January has seen the club lose two league matches, win two and draw one. The transfer window saw Derby swoop for in-form forward Patrick Bamford from Chelsea following his impressive scoring spree in League One with Milton Keynes Dons.
The Blues attacker has bagged three goals in his first four outings (in January), three of which were substitute appearances. It is hard to select a player for player of the month as a frequent sub during the month but Bamford’s impact on the pitch justifies it. He has helped win points that have kept the club fighting in the highest echelons of the unforgiving Championship table.
This scoring spree began with the Nottingham Forest academy graduate announcing himself to the home support on his home debut with a late winner against Brighton, then he got a late equaliser at Ewood Park, followed by kick-starting the comeback against Yeovil with an early second-half strike.
If the ball falls in and around the area to any Rams player, I’d like it be this man. There’s no stopping him. The quality of the finishes has also been impressive.
It is huge credit to Steve McClaren for bringing such a gem on loan, as he has done with Andre Wisdom and Simon Dawkins (now permanent). The loan system is great if you use it well, there’s no doubt about its effectiveness for the Rams this season. A BBC Sport article featuring the star illustrated just that. In addition to that piece, Daily Mail columnist Martin Allen was recently extremely complimentary of the England Under-21 international – describing him as a ‘young Fernando Torres’ and dubbing his signing as ‘the best piece of business in the transfer window so far’ at that time.
Although inadmissible to my January player of the month considerations, Bamford shone in yesterday’s draw at Birmingham City and, once again, bagged a goal. I noticed that he was fouled quite a bit too; he’s a marked man.
I predict quite a bright future for him and hopefully this spell will be sighted as a helping-hand in his route to the football stars!