Derby have done some of the best business in the Championship since the end of last season, bringing in Andreas Weimann, Darren Bent and Chris Baird before the transfer window has even officially opened.
“We've already made some good additions and I think it is going to be key to keep everybody on their toes over this summer,” he told the Derby Telegraph.
“There's going to be great competition for places throughout the squad and that is what you're going to need if we want to be challenging for promotion.”
Increased quality in the squad
The intense competition for places at Derby is a big positive because it will help to improve the overall quality running through Clement’s team.
If players are competing against each other for a position in the first team, they will show that bit more intensity in training sessions and will be keen to prove to Clement that they have the greater determination.
Martin is also correct to point out that the competition will decrease the chance that any player will become complacent over his role and position in the team.
Clement is assembling a squad, which allows him to make changes, with good quality players coming in, if he doesn’t like what he’s seeing from any player.