Spanish defender Raul Albentosa arrived at the iPro in the January transfer window, but he has told the official Derby website why he has been struggling to adapt.
He has just five games to his name for Steve McClaren’s side, and although he tasted victory in the FA Cup, he has only managed to record two draws and two losses in the Championship, as Derby’s promotion race falters.
The former Eibar man has looked impressive in his limited outings, and he would have likely gained more consistent minutes if not for an injury suffered in his opening weeks in the Midlands that kept him out for six games in January and February.
Having signed in the middle of the transfer window, Albentosa made his debut in the FA Cup win over Chesterfield, but did not manage to secure a Championship appearance until the beginning of March, with the Rams in a bad run of form. He claimed a starting role after two straight defeats, and helped them to two draws, before suffering a further two defeats.
It has not been a great start to the Spaniard’s career in England, and he has told the official Derby website that his injury has been one of the reasons behind his struggling to adapt.
“The one annoyance that I have got from my time here so far is the injury that I picked up quite early on,” the centre-back said.
“Things like that make the process of adapting to a new way of playing much harder. When you join a new club, no matter what you might be playing, you want to make a good impression early on and I have had to wait for my chance, but after these last four games, I am feeling better.”