Derby County fans have taken to social networking site Twitter to praise forward Johnny Russell on his solid performance during the 1-0 victory over Northampton Town.
The Rams headed into their second pre-season friendly coming off the back of a 2-1 defeat at Grimsby Town - newly-appointed boss Paul Clement’s first game in charge of the club.
Whether or not Clement has his preferred starting XI in mind, the former Real Madrid coach named a strong starting line-up against the Cobblers, including summer signing Andreas Weimann.
With Darren Bent, Chris Martin and Tom Ince fellow attacking options, plenty of speculation has arisen regarding the future of Scottish international Johnny Russell.
The 25-year-old scored six and assisted a further eight Championship goals last season, but competition for places has seen the forward linked with a summer switch to Cardiff City, as per the Derby Telegraph.
Russell evidently has quality, but his inconsistent nature is a worry and the current pre-season campaign is arguably the most important of his career to date as he bids to establish himself as a first-team regular.
Capable of playing in any of the front three positions, the former Dundee United man followed up his goal at Grimsby with another strike at Sixfields, latching onto a superb Weimann pass to thump home.
His effort, work rate and unselfishness make him a firm favourite at the Ipro, and supporters were quick to acknowledge his efforts at Northampton by praising him heavily on social networking site Twitter.
Johnny Russell's goal today, thoughts? Well done Weimann in the build up, and Hughes and Hendrick to start it all off, good team goal #dcfc— Stefan Broome (@StefanBroome) July 18, 2015
Paul Clement obviously demands high standards!The guy means business!Johnny Russell also showing why he is regarded so highly by fans #dcfc— Danielle Russell (@danr_1985) July 18, 2015
Do you see now why I want to keep Johnny Russell?his class,his passion,his overall attitude,what's not to like? The mans a legend #dcfc— Georgia Milne (@Georgia_dcfc) July 18, 2015
Johnny Russell has a part to play for us this season! Don't wanna see him go. 2/2 in pre-season for him! #dcfc— K I N S W A R (@EmmaKinsey7) July 18, 2015
Looks like super Johnny Russell is taking his chance in pre-season so far #DCFC— Jamie Boneham (@JAMIE_B88) July 18, 2015
As he is currently the leading pre-season goal scorer it would be foolish in the extreme to let super Johnny Russell leave #DCFC— Kate Pugh (@KATPOOH) July 18, 2015
Weimman and Russell key for me this season #dcfc— Bradley /\ Pedersen (@PedersenBradley) July 18, 2015