The best in three areas: Why Craig Forsyth is Derby's best defender

Derby County defender Craig Forsyth has been the best defender at the club in three areas.

Derby County have had a very decent season despite their recent blip in form.

The Rams still have a very good chance of being promoted into the Premier League and all areas of their side have been very consistent over the course of the season so far.

One area currently under pressure is the defence, with a need for clean sheers when the domestic action returns after the international break.

The stats suggest that there’s one man, Craig Forsyth, who has been the dominant defender in the side’s back four throughout this season.

  PositionTeamDuel WonAerial WonWon TackleInterception WonEffective ClearanceAppearancesMins Played
Craig Forsyth DF Derby 222 100 66 74 174 39 3,510
Cyrus Christie DF Derby 199 50 53 42 106 35 2,979
Richard Keogh DF Derby 190 111 26 52 314 38 3,375
Ryan Shotton DF Derby 100 50 19 39 119 20 1,618
Jake Buxton DF Derby 78 52 8 33 134 19 1,613
Zak Whitbread DF Derby 24 19 3 5 59 6 540
Raúl Albentosa DF Derby 22 16 3 10 26 4 360
Jamie Hanson DF Derby 12 5 4 4 2 2 160
Stephen Warnock DF Derby 3 2 0 0 1 1 8

In five key areas taken from the stats so far this season, Forsyth has been the best in three of them.

He’s been the hardest Derby defender to get the better of, he’s won the most tackles and he’s made the most interceptions.

He’s been competitive in the other two areas and if he can maintain his form as well as encouraging the rest of the defence to match his efforts, the Rams will have a better chance of promotion as a result whether that’s through the play-offs or automatically.

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