Two questions that have been answered following Derby County’s back-to-back friendly wins

We take a look at two questions Derby County fans will have had answered following their victories at Northampton Town and SV Meppen.

After the 2-1 defeat to Grimsby Town in Paul Clement’s first match, Derby County have bounced back to register two wins on the bounce.

Derby were comfortable winners against SV Meppen on Tuesday evening, albeit with the match finishing just 1-0, as they recorded their second consecutive win and clean sheet within four days.

We take a look at two questions Rams fans will have had prior to the friendly matches against Northampton Town and Meppen that will have been answered.

Will Richard Keogh definitely be the Derby captain next season? Answer: No

Although it may be premature to say he definitely won’t be, it’s obvious that he now has competition for the role.

The Republic of Ireland international has been snubbed for armband duty in the last two matches, with Chris Baird, Alex Pearce and Craig Bryson all getting the nod ahead of him.

Keogh ran out as the captain against Grimsby before handing the armband over to Baird at half-time when he was substituted. In the next match, which both he and Baird started, the former West Bromwich Albion man got the nod.

Chris Martin started as captain against Meppen and when Keogh was brought on for Ryan Shotton with 30 minutes to go, Bryson was given the armband.

Pearce, who partnered Keogh at centre back for the final half-an-hour against the German side, wore the armband for the final few minutes of the game after Sammon replaced Bryson.

Will Clement look to incorporate a system that allows for two strikers? Answer: Yes 

Although Derby set up against Grimsby and Northampton with their more conventional 4-3-3 system, the game against Meppen saw Martin and Andreas Weimann play alongside each other.

As Martin was named captain for the start of the match, it seems that Clement, like Steve McClaren and Nigel Clough before him, sees the former Norwich striker as a key element of his side and his main forward.

Although Martin is a goalscorer, he is also one of the most creative strikers in the Championship. Weimann was unlucky not to reap the benefits of that against Meppen, as he spurned a couple of good chances, but it will be interesting to see how the partnership develops in the future and how Martin fares next to Darren Bent in a similar system.

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