Derby County fans turn on Tom Lawrence after Ipswich Town defeat

Derby manager Gary Rowett during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Queens Park Rangers at iPro Stadium on November 21, 2017 in Derby, England.

Tom Lawrence put in a hugely frustrating performance as Derby County lost 1-0 against Ipswich Town at Pride Park on Tuesday.

Tom Lawrence of Derby County battles for the ball with Jordan Spence of Ipswich Town during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Ipswich Town at iPro Stadium on November...

Derby County fans expected a lot from Tom Lawrence when they paid Leicester City £7 million for his services in the summer, per The Mail.

And you can see why. Lawrence was one of the most eye-catching players in the Championship last season during his loan spell at Ipswich Town, assisting nine goals and scoring another nine himself, the majority stunning strikes that would not look out of place amongst the Goal of the Season nominees.

Tom Lawrence of Ipswich Town (R) celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Emirates FA Cup third round match between Ipswich Town and Lincoln City at Portman Road on...

The Welsh international, however, has not really hit the ground running at Derby. Despite producing a smattering of impressive displays, Lawrence is yet to justify his hefty price-tag with an underwhelming tally of one goal and three assists from 16 Championship games.

And with Derby losing for only the second time in 12 games at home to Lawrence’s former employers Ipswich Town on Tuesday night, the 23-year-old has started to come under fire from Rams fans.

Though bright and lively on occasions, Lawrence, who was also booked for diving inside the Ipswich box before the interval, delivered a hugely frustrating and largely wasteful display as he desperately attempted to make his mark against Mick McCarthy’s team.

Tom Adeyemi of Ipswich Town battles for the ball with Tom Lawrence of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Ipswich Town at iPro Stadium on November...

Only Matej Vydra in Derby’s history cost the club more than Lawrence. But if he continues to perform like this, that price-tag will start to be questioned.

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