Paul Clement may not need to look far for an experienced head in the middle of the park to replace the out of contract John Eustace at Derby County, following the news that Newcastle United’s Ryan Taylor won't be offered a new deal.
Taylor, along with Jonas Gutierrez, was told via a phone call at the weekend that they would not be offered new deals, as reported by the Daily Mail, despite playing key roles in keeping the club in the Premier League for another season.
The 30-year-old former Wigan star will now get the chance to look at what is on offer for him before making a decision about where to go next season. However, the Championship looks the most likely bet after a suffering a couple of injury-hit seasons.
Why should Derby County go in for Ryan Taylor?
As there is no announcement on a new deal for Eustace, the Rams will be desperate to find an experienced head in the middle of the park who can play in the defensive midfield position.
Last season, the Rams had George Thorne, Omar Mascarell and Eustace to play the defensive role in their midfield and suffered badly when all three were injured at the same time.
With Mascarell returning to Real Madrid and Eustace more than likely moving on, Thorne is the only senior player in the squad that can play that position. Therefore, Taylor would be an ideal candidate to bring in on a free transfer.
The former Wigan man can also play in both full-back roles, which were also problematic for the Rams last season, and is a natural leader on the pitch.
The former England Under-21 star’s injury problems may be an issue, but as long as the deal is right for all parties then it could be an inspired signing.