Derby County have been renowned for spending big in pursuit of promotion and last summer was no different.
Despite snapping up the likes of Sam Winnall, Curtis Davies and Tom Huddlestone on bargain deals, The Rams also paid £5 million to make Leicester City’s Tom Lawrence the fourth most expensive player in the club’s history, as reported by the BBC.
But based on Lawrence’s form last season during a loan spell at Ipswich Town, there were few who would questioned that fee at the time.
The former Manchester United youngster appeared to be putting on his own Goal of the Season competition at Portman Road, netting nine mostly spectacular individual strikes for Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich. He set up another nine too.
But since completing that big-money move to Derby, these moments of magic have been comparatively sparse and the Welsh international has been subjected to criticism from fans who, quite justifiably, expected a lot more.
Though there has been an upturn in Lawrence’s form in the last few weeks. Two-goal Cameron Jerome’s double hogged the headlines as Derby breathed fresh life into their play-off hopes with a 3-1 win against Cardiff on Tuesday, but Lawrence’s hard-working display caught the eye.
Are Derby fans finally starting to see a return on the club’s hefty investment?
We keep fighting Another big game Saturday! pic.twitter.com/2tjyLJHYu6— Tom Lawrence (@TomLawrence99) April 24, 2018
Been brilliant last couple for me his effort and desire been unreal— Stefan (@stefdcfc89) April 24, 2018
Quality tonight Tom— StuartF (@sjforsyth) April 24, 2018
You’re showing your class now mate— Derby County (@12th_Ram) April 24, 2018
You were brilliant tonight that position suits you so much better. Unlucky not to score in 1st half as it was a great touch to go 1 on 1. Keep it up Tommy!— James Palmer (@j_palmer1992) April 24, 2018
Best player on the pitch again by a Country Mile.— Matt Lawrence (@MattLawrence39) April 24, 2018
I'll be honest Tom, 2-3 months ago I didn't think you had it in you, but since then you've been at it every game, fair play. We need 11 like you atm. Keep it up— Tricky (@richtheram) April 24, 2018
Played very well mate, keep it up - you’re going to be a huge player for us— Matt Thorne (@sketchymedia) April 24, 2018
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