Nick Blackman epitomises Derby's wasteful spending
Derby County supporters could have been forgiven for chortling away to themselves as now-departed chief executive Sam Rush claimed that the club had ‘spent wisely’ in the transfer market in recent seasons.
Since the summer of 2015, Matej Vydra, Ikechi Anya, Bradley Johnson, Abdoul Camara, Jacob Butterfield and Andi Weimann all arrived for a combined fee of around £30 million, as reported by the Derby Telegraph.
And let us not forget the £2.5 million splurged on Nick Blackman, a striker with one goal in 28 games in Derby colours.
And with new boss Gary Rowett’s recruitment at former club Birmingham City leaving plenty to be desired, the fans may have been concerned that the questionable spending would continue again this summer.
So far, however, that does not appear to be the case. Earlier this month, Derby completed the signing of experienced centre-back Curtis Davies from Hull City for just £500,000 thanks to a release clause in his contract that was triggered following The Tigers’ relegation (The Mirror).
The 32-year-old played a major role in helping Hull win promotion via the play-offs in 2016 and has a huge amount of Championship experience under his belt. Without playing a single minute, it already appears that Derby have nabbed one of the bargains of the summer.
And with the Daily Mail claiming that The Rams will challenge Aston Villa for Glenn Whelan, Rowett’s eye for a bargain is clear to see. The report suggests that Stoke City rejected a bid of £500,000 for the Republic of Ireland international, who played 38 games for club and country last season despite being well into his thirties.
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Rowett is understood to be an admirer of Whelan’s defensive qualities, however, and may pay the £1 million Stoke are asking for.
The highly-rated coach is already showing that who you buy, rather than how much you pay, is the way to go.