Shackell was announced as a new defensive addition earlier this summer, when he signed on the dotted line of a contract after leaving recently relegated Burnley.
It was always going to be a real challenge for Shackell to adapt but Clement feels as though he has done so effectively, which has already helped him to have an impact on the first team.
“Shackell came in and has hit the ground running and Keogh has responded well to a really difficult start because there was a lot of speculation about him may be moving on and not being the club captain,” he told the Derby Telegraph.
“Obviously, Jason came in a little bit later and so during pre-season it was about trying the other pairings.”
Consistency in defence
Now that Shackell is up to speed in terms of fitness levels and expectations at the club, it’s important that he’s given the chance to be consistent in the back four.
It’s tempting for any manager to chop and change as they search for a win, but that can be very counterproductive.
It can prevent defensive players from building partnerships and relationships with each other, which can prove to be vital later into a season because players can anticipate movements, getting into good positions to make tackles and to deal with danger.
Hopefully he can stay fit, stay in the side and see the Rams to many more clean sheets.