Three changes McClaren must make at Derby after the international break

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has dome big calls to make towards the end of next week.

Derby County have seven massive games when the international break is over and the Championship action returns.

The Rams are on a poor run of form and Steve McClaren will already be mulling over changes he can make to the team to get things moving in the right direction with improved results.

Here are three changes the boss could consider.

Get Chris Martin back into the team as quickly as possible

Martin was reportedly closing in on a return to the side before the international break.

He’s been out of action with a hamstring problem and will make the attack a more imposing and formidable part of the side once he’s back in the team.

However, McClaren can’t take any risks and mustn’t toy with Martin’s long term fitness regardless of the stakes.

Throw in some more experience

Derby have some very talented players in their first team squad, but experience is crucial in difficult patches where the pressure is high towards the end of the season.

Someone like Stephen Warnock, who was on the bench against Wolves, may not seem like an inspiring team change but he is a player who offers extra experience for the first team.

Utilise the wide areas

Derby have several players who are capable of controlling the ball through the middle and that showed in the game against Wolves.

Derby lost 2-0 but they had more possession and produced more passes throughout the game. Switching the play wide regularly increases the number of ways Derby can attack and exploit the weaknesses in their opposition.

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