Derby County should target Rochdale starlet Callum Camps to freshen up midfield

Rochdale's Callum Camps

Derby County will be keen to add goals from midfield next season and Rochdale starlet Callum Camps could help them achieve this.

Rochdale's Callum CampsRochdale's Callum Camps

Derby County struggled for goals last season, especially from midfield, and Rochdale's Callum Camps has the potential to help the goal-shy Rams find their groove again.

Just 10 of Derby's 54 league goals in their 2016/17 campaign were scored by players that operated in central midfield and this was spread across four different players.

Derby boss Gary Rowett will be demanding that his team contribute with goals from all areas of the pitch but if his the Rams are to be successful next season, goals from his midfield players will be crucial.

Derby County players look dejected after the matchDerby County struggled in front of goal last season

Who is Callum Camps?

Rochdale midfielder Camps is highly-rated at Spotland and at the age of just 21-years-old, he has made 105 appearances for the club. He is a combative player that can operate in the defensive midfield role but is capable of playing a more advanced role.

He has played a crucial role in Rochdale's rise up the English league rankings and a record of 14 goals in 88 appearances in League One is highly respectable.

Last season was the most productive yet for the Northern Ireland U20 man, where he scored eight goals. He also had the chance to display his leadership qualities as he had a long stint as the first team captain.

Rochdale's Callum Camps and Jay Spearing of BoltonCallum Camps scored eight goals from midfield last season

Why should Derby move for Camps?

Camps is still young but has a good amount of experience under his belt. After making his mark in League One, now would be the perfect time for him to make the step up to the Championship.

Derby supporters have been calling for their side's scouting network to look lower down the leagues when identifying talent. In recent seasons, the club have spent big on household names at Championship level but this has not brought them the success that they thought it would.

The signing of Camps would represent a deal that shows that the club are willing to take a chance on talent lower down the leagues. Any potential bid for Camps would not command a substantial transfer fee, something that would prove the club are willing to be more prudent with their new found financial pulling power.

Stoke City's Bojan Krkic in action with Rochdale's Callum Camps 

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