Derby County have an extremely impressive group of attacking players.
Derby County lined up for their game against Charlton last night with an attacking quartet of Darren Bent, Jesse Lingard, Tom Ince and Will Hughes.
Steve McClaren covered all angles with youth, pace, creativity and experience with four players who could well be considered the best attacking quartet in the Championship.
Ince and Lingard provided the creativity last night, with the latter getting onto the score sheet while Hughes put in hard yards all over the pitch, with Bent providing the experience leading the frontline.
Ince, Lingard and Bent are of course on loan at the club, but there’s no reason that they can’t work well with the contracted players at the club to power the Rams forward towards the Championship title.
What makes the situation all the more impressive from the point of view of the club’s fans is that the side was missing the presence of two players last night who have provided 24 league goals between them; Chris Martin and Johnny Russell.
Both are currently out of the team and McClaren deserves massive credit for covering his angles to ensure that the Rams haven’t missed out in terms of what they each provide to the Derby attack.
The challenge now for McClaren over the rest of the season is to resist the urge to tweak things too much.
He has a good balance between youth and experience, with players ready to come back in when they’re fit and available to the cause.
Consistency and momentum is very important for teams chasing a massive aim such as promotion and breaking things up risks disrupting the rhythm and flow of the team’s attacking play.
Jamie Ward has also added five goals for the cause and didn’t start the game last night. There is tremendous strength in depth and Derby have to cash in and propel themselves into the top flight.