Derby County have splashed the cash this season.
Derby County (@dcfcofficial) January 26, 2016
According to the club’s official website, Derby County have made their third permanent signing of the January transfer window with the acquisition of Marcus Olsson from Blackburn Rovers.
Considering the talent in their squad, it was a major failure to not even reach the top six and that prompted new owner Mel Morris to strengthen the team significantly over the summer.
The Rams smashed their club transfer record twice, bringing in players such as Bradley Johnson, Tom Ince, Jacob Butterfield, Jason Shackell, Scott Carson, Andreas Weimann and Alex Pearce.
More than £20 million in transfer fees was spent over the summer, yet the club seemingly decided that wasn’t enough as Nick Blackman, Abdoul Camara and Olsson have followed this month.
As illustrated by the graphic to the left, Derby can now fill an entire first-team XI with signings from this season alone – and some could argue it’s a good enough XI to finish in the top six.
The graphic to the right shows more options at the club, demonstrating the vast depth which boss Paul Clement has at his disposal and how promotion really should be achieved this season.
Players such as Kell Roos, Stephen Warnock, Ryan Shotton, Craig Bryson, Jamie Hanson and Mason Bennett are also in the reckoning, available for selection.
That said, the East Midlands side currently find themselves in fifth position and their latest 4-1 humbling at Burnley extended their winless run in the league to five matches.
While it’s not quite panic stations for Derby, there is a sense that too many players have been bought and for the money spent, the club would have been wiser to add real quality rather than quantity.
The next few months could be critical for the club, as the desire to win promotion to the Premier League has prompted a lavish expenditure and a failure to achieve their goal could have serious repercussions.