Three Premier League Free Agents Who Derby County Can Sign In The Summer
Derby County owner Mel Morris talked last month about the fact that the Rams will not be able to invest like they have done in previous seasons if Derby do not make it to the Premier League this year.
The Rams have invested significantly in their squad in the last few years and to deal with Financial Fair Play, they will have to attempt to balance the books.
This means that Gary Rowett will have to look for a certain type of player to help propel them back to the Premier League if they don’t manage it this time around.
He has delved into the free agent market before to pick up Joe Ledley and he may well have to do so again. So what are the options for Derby if they are to pick up another free agent from the Premier League?
The West Bromwich Albion midfielder was bought the season after Derby beat them to ensure promotion to the Premier League over 10 years ago and James Morrison has been a key member of West Brom’s success in the Premier League.
However, as West Brom are set to bow out of the top division, Morrison has only made 6 appearances this season but his energy would be useful in a Derby midfield that can be sluggish at times.
Derby are really short on workable options at left-back and must replace Marcus Olsson and Craig Forsyth, who have not played well in recent months.
The 25-year-old Haidara has not been a great player for Newcastle but he has experience in promotion fight, and experience in playing at the highest level, which would make him an upgrade on a lot of players in the Derby squad.
The Crystal Palace attacker has been at Crystal Palace since 2014 and his contract comes to an end in 2018. He has found himself behind Zaha and Townsend in the Palace pecking order and would be an excellent extra option for Derby, who have lost Johnny Russell and are over-reliant on Andreas Weimann. It may take some hard work to convince Lee to drop down to the Championship but a player of his quality would be great for the Rams.