Carson: This is the duty of every Derby player over the summer

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New Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson feels the squad have to put Paul Clement under some real pressure.

New Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson told the Derby Telegraph that he feels it’s the duty of every player at the club to put Paul Clement under some pressure.

Carson was confirmed as Clement’s latest arrival at the club last week and he feels the squad now has to compete hard for starting positions under the club’s next manager for next season.

“It is up to every player in the squad to work as hard as they can and show the manager that they deserve their place in the team, from one to 11,” he said.

“I've still got high aims, personally, and I think he can help me achieve those and improve my game.”

It’s going to be very difficult for Carson to make an impression initially, because Lee Grant won’t want to give up his number one spot.

For large parts of last season, Grant was comfortable as the club’s main goalkeeper and consistent in terms of what he offered whether that was shot stopping or coming to take some of the pressure away from his centre backs.

It’s a clever move by Clement to draft Carson in and not just because he’s going to provide the goalkeepers already in the squad with greater competition.

He has the experience of having played in the Premier League, which is the level that Clement will be aiming for in his first season in charge of the club.

If Derby can get themselves into a position where promotion is looking more realistic, Carson could be important in terms of offering some guidance and advice, which keeps everyone in the side grounded.

Carson is still only 29-years-old and has plenty of years ahead of him, but he faces a fight if he wants to be number one at a club aiming for the Premier League.

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