Grant has suggested that a manager keeping his players on their toes is exactly what the players wanted ahead of a very important season for the Rams.
“We’re all out to impress and I’ve looked at what the boss has said in the press and he’s right in saying that every single spot is up for grabs,” he told dcfc.co.uk.
“No-one is guaranteed a place and that’s how we wanted it. Everyone welcomes the competition and we sat as a group in the summer hoping for new signings and wanting strength in depth across the squad.”
Guards against complacency
The good thing about Grant’s comments is that they show the manager is guarding against complacency in all parts of his squad.
Derby will get tripped up by some very big and experienced teams over the course of the season, if any player in a key position starts to think he’s safe, with complacency creating a platform for mistakes to develop.
The other effect that Clement’s message will have is that it should help to increase the intensity and quality in training matches as well as game situations.
If the intensity and quality increases then it makes Derby a better unit all-round, making them a much more difficult side to get the better of.
It also ensures that any player coming into the squad is also ready and at the top of his game to make a difference and have an impact.