Derby star gives promising assessment of Rams squad

Raul Albentosa believes that the Derby County players have shown a strong mentality in recent weeks.

The Rams have struggled in recent weeks, and are just one defeat away from dropping out of the Championship play-off places, but Albentosa has told the official Derby website that no one is panicking.

"From my time at other clubs, the situation we are currently in has usually brought more chaos and panic,” the 26-year-old Spaniard said.

“There is none of that here at Derby. Nobody is panicking; it is totally the opposite because the players know what they are capable of.”

This is a promising assessment of Derby’s squad, and shows how good a coach Steve McClaren is.

If most teams chasing promotion were to go on a run of four defeats in six games and no win in over a month, then many would suspect them to collapse.

However, McClaren has the right mix of players in his squad to overcome such a problem, and it is only a matter of time before his injured stars are back in the mix.

The likes of John Eustace and Richard Keogh have a wealth of experience behind them, and when fully fit, they possess one of the best squads in the entire Championship.

And it is positive to see that Albentosa has been impressed by the mentality of the players, despite their recent poor form.

The ongoing international break should allow a number of the Rams injured stars to return to action, and they have a great chance to get back in the promotion race with a victory over Watford on Friday night.

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