Chris Evans: What I thought when I first saw Raul Albentosa play

Derby County head of operations Chris Evans has revealed what he thought when he first saw Raul Albentosa play.

Derby County head of operations Chris Evans has told the Burton Mail his thoughts on Raul Albentosa when he first saw the defender play.

Albentosa linked up with Rams last week, signing a two-and-a-half year contract to move to the Championship giants from Eibar in La Liga.

Evans has suggested he was struck by how imposing the 26-year-old old was when he first saw him play live.

“The first time I saw him was against Real Zaragoza away and as we have already seen, he is a big lad,” said Evans.

“He heads the ball really well and he has been playing in La Liga, so he has been playing against the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.”

“I know better now than I did then that he is a real talent.”

Albentosa could make his debut for the club against Chesterfield in the FA Cup this weekend or against Blackburn Rovers when the Championship action returns at the end of the month.

His physical attributes are important because the Championship is likely to provide a more physical and competitive standard than he’s been used to so far in his career.

One of the ways any team deals with an opponent who possesses huge defenders is to try and get stuck into them, rough them up and put them onto the back foot.

Steve McClaren’s job is to ensure that Albentosa is fully prepared and ready for the challenge when he’s called into the side, which could be tricky considering he’s also moved to a country where the immediate conditions are completely different.

He seems to have the potential to form part of the spine of this Derby side for several years and it’s now over to him to make an impression.

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