If the Rams go up, McClaren will have to sell players and make signings and if the Rams stay down, he’ll have to freshen up the squad to ensure that automatic promotion for next season becomes a formality.
One player who could be under pressure and potentially moved on is forward Connor Sammon.
Sammon offers plenty as a big, physical and strong centre forward and he also offers an option in wide areas, but it’s doubtful whether he has the sophistication to get Derby promoted or to perform consistently in the Premier League.
According to transfermarkt his contract with the Rams expires at the end of next season.
Therefore, this summer represents the best chance for the Rams to move him on and get the best possible fee in the process.
His ratio this season of four goals in 32 appearances in Championship football this season (currently on loan at Rotherham United) is not a ratio that will impress McClaren.
He’ll be looking for an impact and progression from all players on loan away from the Rams this season.
Unfortunately it doesn’t seem as though Sammon will have done enough if McClaren is planning to axe some members of his squad in the summer to create the space and to free up the wages for new arrivals.
Rotherham may just do enough to stay up this season in their first campaign in the Championship, but whether Sammon can have more of an impact on a side fighting at the top end of the table under arguably more pressure, is doubtful.