Simon Dawkins unafraid to talk up big advantage for Derby County

Derby County West Stand

Derby County player Simon Dawkins feels the club are ready to go places under Paul Clement.

Derby County star Simon Dawkins has explained to the Derby Telegraph that he’s impressed by the nature of the squad Paul Clement has created, with the return of the Championship one month away.

Clement has added quality in several areas and Dawkins has suggested that the Rams have the squad to correct the disappointment which has surrounded the club over the last two seasons.

“The players that we have here are unbelievable. When you look around the faces, we have got a Premier League squad,” he told the Derby Telegraph.

“There are some new faces among the players as well as a head coach (Paul Clement) who has been at some great clubs and has coached some of the best players in the world.”

“We won't think about what has gone before but the aim for us is to make it right. We have got the squad to achieve that.”

The common theme with Derby’s summer signings

There is something that the majority of the new arrivals at Derby have in common and that’s playing at the highest level of English football.

Darren Bent, Tom Ince, Andreas Weimann and Chris Baird have all played in the Premier League.

They know what it’s like to feature at that level and they know what it’s like to deal with the pressure of playing Premier League football.

Automatic promotion or the play-offs?

Derby’s immediate priority for the season should be targeting automatic promotion and taking the lottery of the play-off system out of the equation.

The difference this season when Derby get into first or second place, is that the club needs to stretch out a lead rather than falling off of the pace and outside the top six.

Derby have a big squad, which is well suited to coping over the course of a long and testing season where injuries and suspensions at various points, will mean that key players are unavailable.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch