Clement hints at system he'll take into Derby's first Championship game

Derby manager Paul Clement has hinted at the system he'll look to use for the majority of the coming year.

Derby County manager Paul Clement has hinted on the club’s official website that he will take a 4-4-2 formation into the start of the season.

Derby secured a 1-1 draw against Villarreal last night, which was the third time over the summer that Clement has started with that system.

However, he’s also stressed that it’s important the side has an ability to adapt in all games, as the Rams push to get close to the top six over the first few months of the campaign.

“All the players have fitted really well into that system,” he told

“The 4-3-3 formation is another option and the idea now is to try one other shape on Saturday against Burton Albion.”

“These are options that we have, and can utilise, depending on who is playing well, who’s fit and what opposition we are coming up against.”

Benefits of a trusted 4-4-2

The main benefit for Clement in playing a 4-4-2 system is that it’s tried and trusted.

It allows him to play with two banks of four and two good attacking options, with the second striker going wider to potentially create a five man midfield if the side is under real pressure.

Derby can easily switch to a 4-3-3 in games where they are having a lot more possession and are finding it easier to press forward and attack, but it’s important the side settles on a system for the majority of game.

The fact Clement has also been able to use a system consistently through pre-season is significant, over potentially chopping and changing in every game.

The players have already had a chance to get used to the sort of play the boss wants to see, which bodes well for the new season.

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