Clement explains where Chris Baird is an important addition for Derby

Derby County manager Paul Clement has done some great work in the transfer market so far this summer.

Derby County manager Paul Clement has told the Derby Telegraph that Chris Baird will be a useful player for the club and not just for his experience.

The Rams recently confirmed the arrival of the versatile 33-year-old as Clement continues a trend of adding high profile and experienced players to his squad ahead of next season.

“He is an excellent professional and he is an important addition for us, both on the pitch and also in the dressing room,” said the boss.

“This is another extremely positive signing for us and we're very pleased with the business that we have conducted in the transfer market so far this summer.”

Clement taking the pressure off himself

Some fans may have been a little cautious when Clement was named as the club’s permanent manager, replacing Steve McClaren.

A change was arguably needed, but some fans may have opted for more experienced coaches had they been given the choice.

However, Clement is working hard to take the pressure away from himself with some very positive and forward thinking signings.

Is Baird’s versatility a worry?

It’s arguable that having a player who can’t consolidate in a single position is a worry, but there are no negatives to this move for Baird.

He’ll play predominantly as a defender, stepping into midfield as and when he’s needed.

Where do Derby still need players?

The middle of the back four could still use an extra body and there is still a hold to be filled following the departures of Tom Ince and Jesse Lingard, who were on loan last season.

Andreas Weimann can play in the hold behind Darren Bent or Chris Martin, but it’s all about cover and adding quality in terms of squad depth.

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