Derby's Opta stars of the season so far: Keogh, Martin, Forsyth feature

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Derby finish 2014 three points off the top of the Championship - and here are their statistical stars of the 14/15 season so far.

Derby County are just three points off first spot in the Championship going into 2015 - after a year in which they were oh so close to getting promoted via the play-offs already.

And, during a fine season so far under Steve McClaren, several of the Rams' key stars have consistently produced when it comes to the statistics...

  Chances CreatedDribbles WonAccurate CrossesFinal-Third PassesMinutes Played
Chris Martin 37 8 1 331 2,155
Craig Bryson 32 7 10 254 1,520
Cyrus Christie 29 38 22 229 2,070
Will Hughes 25 17 2 256 1,592
Craig Forsyth 22 17 17 229 2,160
Johnny Russell 21 20 10 160 1,502
Jeff Hendrick 20 11 8 197 1,362

As Opta data shows, Derby's most forward-thinking player has been Chris Martin, who has created the most chances and completed the most final-third passes within McClaren's squad.

Craig Bryson, Will Hughes et al have also impressed, while Cyrus Christie has won an impressive 38 dribbles.

  Accurate PassesTouchesPassing AccuracyMinutes Played
Richard Keogh 1,018 1,482 89% 2,025
Craig Forsyth 967 2,006 75% 2,160
Will Hughes 855 1,281 87% 1,592
Cyrus Christie 755 1,747 80% 2,070
Chris Martin 741 1,379 72% 2,155

Passing-wise, Richard Keogh is Derby's star, with his 89 per cent passing accuracy meaning he has completed over 1,000 passes.

No other Rams player has done so this Championship campaign, although Craig Forsyth has completed over 900.

  Tackles WonInterceptions WonClearancesAerial Duels WonBlocksMinutes Played
Craig Forsyth 50 42 111 57 5 2,160
Cyrus Christie 35 32 73 30 10 2,070
Will Hughes 35 23 8 3 7 1,592
Johnny Russell 35 22 10 18 1 1,502
Craig Bryson 33 28 16 6 7 1,520

And it is Forsyth that has shone defensively so far this term, winning 50 tackles, 42 interceptions, 57 aerial duels and making a stunning 111 clearances.

McClaren's men will no doubt have to keep the numbers high, of course, should they aim to avoid the play-offs and achieve automatic promotion to the Premier League this time around. The competition, after all, is intense.

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