Where McClaren needs to strengthen Derby in the transfer market this summer

Derby County manager Steve McClaren will have his work cut out in the transfer market this summer.

Derby County are facing a tense final stretch to the Championship season, as they look to get promoted automatically into the Premier League.

The Rams are under pressure to end a poor run of form, which has seen the slide slip into the play-off places and regardless of whether they go up or not, the key areas they need to strengthen in the transfer market will remain the same.

Recent injuries to Chris Martin and Darren Bent (although the latter played against Wolves) have shown an obvious need for some extra firepower up front.

Teams that struggle in the Premier League are often the sides that don’t have a good variety of strikers and it’s a change, which could also help Derby consolidate in an automatic promotion place next season if they don’t go up by the end of the current campaign.

Loan deals in midfield have also shown a need for additional support in terms of central options.

Steve McClaren deserves a pat on the back for bringing in Tom Ince from Hull and Jesse Lingard from Manchester United, but it’s unlikely whether those parent clubs will be happy to sell the talented youngsters.

That means two central positions for McClaren to fill in the middle of his team to ensure that the side doesn’t suffer in terms of what they can both provide in terms of control and creativity.

The pace and strength of Premier League play is a level up from the Championship, which shows a need for the Rams to have hard, proven and solid options in the middle of their team if they do get promoted.

Premier League or Championship, it doesn’t really matter where McClaren’s club are because he needs extra midfield and forward options to try and prevent a repeat of the poor run of form the side has just experienced.

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