Derby County pulled off two great deals for Tom Ince and Jesse Lingard on transfer deadline day.
Derby County deserve huge credit for securing deadline day moves for Jesse Lingard and Tom Ince on transfer deadline day.
They could well be the best moves any Championship side pulled off on a manic start to the week.
The club confirmed via their website that Lingard comes in on loan from Manchester United while Ince links up with the club from Hull City.
Lingard is a talented player who offers Steve McClaren’s team something in the number ten role.
McClaren will be tempted to play Darren Bent, signed earlier in the window, and Chris Martin together, but Lingard gives the side a threat in behind a striker of the boss feels he needs to use a system where only one of his centre forwards can lead the attack.
Ince is a player who can play a bit deeper in midfield, linking up with the defence but with enough intelligence and quality to be able to spread telling passes forward which can start counter attacks.
They’re both young players, on loan from very different Premier League clubs with a point to prove.
Lingard needs to try and show Louis van Gaal that he can have an impact on what he’s trying to achieve at Manchester United.
Ince needs to show that he can find his feet at a club and play a key role in an important campaign, which could see the Rams promote to the top flight for next season.
Other clubs signed more players such as Sheffield Wednesday and possibly enjoyed greater exposure such as Leeds United, but Derby signed two talented players who give their manager plenty of different options in a crucial for months for the Rams.