The 24-year-old defender would be a top quality signing for the Rams for a number of reasons, despite an apparent move from a lower quality division to the Championship.
Firstly, his upbringing is important and where he spent his youth career; Juventus and Espanyol.
That’s likely to have given him guidance over a technique which will be well suited to the pure way that Derby like to play football.
The Rams are at their very best when they’re allowed to move the ball forward from the back, with the defenders looking for decisive passes into the midfield.
Secondly, he will be used to the greater physical style which any new player coming into the Championship will experience.
The standard of football at Hamilton will be less refined than at Derby and any football, which is less refined opens up the possibility of less refined tactics such as an overly aggressive approach from the opposition.
In short, any Championship side that would look to rough him up should he move to Derby is likely to find themselves disappointed.
Thirdly, he’s Spanish and that should help another recent signing Raul Albentosa.
Albentosa may already have a decent command of the English language and he’s started to settle into life at Derby, but a familiar face in the form of another Spaniard who would be playing next to him in Derby’s backline will help.
All in all, it seems like a good all round move. Derby could get their hands on a player who creates a number of benefits, represents someone Steve McClaren can develop and he’s unlikely to cost the team a massive fee.