Paul Clement outlines where he wants to make big changes at Derby County

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Derby County are looking to take a forward-thinking approach to recruitment.

Paul Clement has told the Derby Telegraph that he plans to continue tweaking the way that Derby County go about recruiting players.

Clement has already added six new employees to the scouting department at the club since taking over in the summer, with the manager keen to ensure that he gets the best possible information on any new recruit.

The 43-year-old places considerable emphasis on statistical data, and he wants Derby to be ahead of other clubs in their approach to identifying possible transfer targets. 

"That [scouting] department has grown very quickly," he said. "We are up to seven, and will more than likely go to eight or nine people, and that is just looking at the opposition. It is something I take very seriously.

"We want a nice blend of the art of watching an opponent and watching a player combined with the science of it," said Clement.

"There is so much information available now in terms of data and video. We really want those two departments to be working hand in hand because there is a lot of cross over."

Derby's head of football operations, Chris Evans, has recently resigned, further highlighting the change which is happening at the iPro Stadium.

So far Clement's reign has seen him bring in a number of players to the club, but there hasn't necessarily been a clear trend in terms of the additions.

Derby have signed both experience and youth over the summer, with the club bringing in proven quality in the form of players such as Bradley Johnson, Tom Ince and Andreas Weimann arriving. 

At the moment, Derby are still waiting to hit top gear, and they current sit in eighth position in the Championship table. 

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