Derby player ratings: Main summer and winter signings so far this season

Derby County have made some superb signings looking back to last summer and the past winter.

Derby County are up against it as they go after promotion into the Premier League this season.

The Rams are clinging onto the hope of automatic promotion by their finger nails and it will be interesting to see if they can turn their form around when the international break is over.

Boss Steve McClaren has made a number of signings in the transfer market, with some working and some underperforming.

Here are our ratings for some of the main players who have moved to the club from last summer and this past winter.

George Thorne – 5

It’s a little difficult to judge Thorne considering he was out of action for so long with injury.

He’s made two appearances in the Championship and has already shown a good ability to protect possession with a passing accuracy of 84.3%.

Ryan Shotton – 6

Shotton has been versatile throughout the season and has made a good impact at his new club.

He’s made 18 starts and has scored two goals, with a passing accuracy of 82.9% and impressive tackling and interception stats per game.

He has everything needed to become an established part of the defence for several years.

Stephen Warnock – 4

Warnock signed from Leeds United last January and looked to be a superb capture by McClaren.

Warnock offered experience and a solid option at left-back, but in reality he has struggled to force his way into the first team.

He hasn’t started yet for the Rams in the Championship this season.

Raul Albentosa – 5

A bit of a gamble from McClaren when he signed from Eibar.

However, he’s looked decent and well suited to the English game and should benefit with an extended run of games in the side.

His height is one of his biggest assets, which is demonstrated by the four aerial challenges per match he is winning on average.

Darren Bent – 7

Five goals and two assists during his loan spell so far says it all.

He was brought in to score goals and he’s doing that consistently although he’ll be disappointed with the way he played during the game against Wolves before the international break.

If the Rams are going to get into second place, Bent needs to continue scoring frequently.

Tom Ince – 6

In the headlines lately for the wrong reasons due to his perception of the England under-21 ranks, but he’s done what’s been asked of him at Derby since signing on loan from Hull.

The most impressive thing about his 11 appearances so far is that he’s maintained a games to goals ratio of greater than one in two.

Jesse Lingard – 5

Hasn’t forced his way into the starting line-up as he would have been hoping for, but has shown flashes of potential which suggest he can be a big impact player for the side over the rest of the season.

His passing accuracy, 90.8%, has been superb so far this season and McClaren should be urging him to improve that even further over the rest of the season.

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