Clement deserves praise for drafting in a number of key players with experience of playing at a higher level, as he looks to prevent the side suffering from problems which developed over the second half of last season.
Derby found themselves top of the table under old boss Steve McClaren, but they slipped off the pace due to injuries accumulating to different key players who simply couldn’t be replaced.
“We are going to need depth in the squad because to play the whole season with 13-14 players in every game can be very difficult,” he told dcfc.co.uk.
“There are 46 games in the league, coming thick and fast, especially on Saturday’s and Tuesday’s, and I want to make sure that the players are nice and fresh going into games.”
A large squad should equal consistency
If Clement can ensure that there is no let up from his team in terms of quality and intensity for big games in the coming season, the Rams have a great chance of being consistent.
They will lose matches and points if Clement is forced to use individuals in games who really need a good rest or need treatment on a minor issue, which could develop into something more serious if not managed well.
The good news for Derby fans is that the manager has already been heavily backed and has been able to significantly increase the size and the quality of the players in his squad.
There is also plenty of time left in the transfer window for Clement to make changes, with further friendly games likely to show him where he still needs new faces.