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Man City fans react ‘BEST SIGNING OF THE TRANSFER WINDOW GET IN!!!’ ‘Manchester City buying the league absolutely disgusting’

Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson is having a medical at Manchester City, ahead of a season-long loan. Yes, you read that right.

It’s not as bizarre as you first thing. To sum it up, you need a certain amount of homegrown players per team, Man City signing Carson as a third-choice goalkeeper counts towards one of the homegrown players they need.

Will he ever play for Man City? Probably not. He might pick up a couple of winners medals though, no wonder he went. Carson will have a great time learning from Guardiola and the rest of the City boys.

Let’s see what football fans make of it…

Former Man Utd man opts for Derby County over Burnley

With all the twists and turns of the transfer window, Derby County could be coming out as the ultimate winners with this massive former Man Utd legend signing.

Former Manchester United captain and current legend of football were spotted on an inbound flight to Heathrow Airport as talks of him in a shock return to English football heightened. That’s right, Wayne Rooney yesterday signed for Derby County after the MLS season has finished. The Englishman has taken a player-coach role with the Championship Rams.

Rooney has stated several times during the back-end of his career that he sees himself going into management.

After the 33-year-old showed the MLS the quality of the Premier League, he is likely still happy to keep his boots on. It would be a ‘two-birds, one-stone’ situation for Rooney to continue playing as well as learning the role of a coach. Particularly for a club in the country of which he sees his management taking place.

it was reported by the Burnley Express that Burnley, in particular, were interested in the goal scorer. Bringing in the most successful goalscorer from the most successful club in the country may not have been too bad of an idea. However, Derby quickly sealed the deal but what experience would he bring to the Rams?

What can Rooney bring to Derby County?

Rooney is Man United’s record goalscorer with 253 goals in 559 appearances. He is also England’s record goalscorer with 53 goals in 120 appearances. Having been a professional football at the highest of levels for going on 18 years, Rooney will impact the club off and on the pitch. With a new manager, Philip Cocu, and on the back of a great season, bringing in a leader like Wayne Rooney will allow the team the establish what kind of quality they are after.

Achieving Derby County promotion or moving Burnley up towards the middle of the table would be fantastic for Rooney’s CV. It appears Rooney has set out to spend his remaining days on the pitch learning to coach. This demonstration of maturity proves that the English net-buster is well on his way to becoming a fine manager, something many would have laughed at ten years ago.

Whether it be this year or next. We will see Wayne Rooney back in English football. Will it be as a player, a player-coach or a full-blown manager?

Blackburn Rovers new signing from Derby County can aid top-six push – Agree?

Blackburn Rovers has completed the signing of midfielder Bradley Johnson on a free transfer from Derby County.

The 32-year-old has over 500 career appearances for Derby, Leeds Utd and Norwich City. He was a pivotal part of The Canaries side that won promotion to the Premier League, during a four-year stay at Carrow Road.

After helping Derby reach the play-off final last season, Johnson was looking for first-team football and a new challenge.

So, what will be bring to Ewood Park…

Goals from midfield

There’s constant pressure on Bradley Dack at Blackburn, to chip in with goals to support Danny Graham up front. Dack is a very good player, however, do Rovers rely on him a little too much? If he missed a long spell through injury or suspension, I’d be worried if I was a Blackburn fan whether they’d score enough goals.

Johnson can release some of that pressure, he scored 15 goals during the season when Norwich was promoted. If he’s given the freedom to attack, Johnson’s got a cracking left foot and is still capable of hurting any Championship opposition.


Johnson is Blackburn’s second summer signing after Stewart Downing. Both have experience of winning promotion from the Championship. Which suggests that Tony Mowbray feels he needed to add a few ‘older heads’ to the talented, young squad that he has.

Blackburn made a late run for the playoffs last season, they aren’t a million miles away from having a real run at it. A couple of signings and there’s no reason why they couldn’t mount a top-six challenge next season. I think both Downing and Johnson are solid signings for Rovers, fair play.

Cocu must do these 3 things immediately at Derby County

Derby County has appointed Phillip Cocu as their new manager on a four-year deal, following Frank Lampard’s return to Chelsea.

The former PSV and Fenerbache boss has been without a job since last October, after being sacked by the Turkish club.

Derby identified him as a manager that would carry on that attractive, attacking style that Lampard adopted last season. The Rams were very enjoyable to watch, quick in transition and scored 69 goals last season.

I look at three things that Cocu must do ahead of August 3rd…

Phone Lampard & arrange some loan deals

You could argue that Derby’s three best players last campaign were Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Harry Wilson. All three were loans from Chelsea and Liverpool, because of the Lampard connection.

Without that trio, their side looks bare in terms of real ‘match-winning’ quality. To get promoted out of the Championship, you need two or three top attacking players, that can score 15+ goals each. I imagine Mount and Tomori will be fighting for their place at Stamford Bridge. However, I’m sure Lampard will find a couple of youngsters to help Derby out.

More of the same

Let’s not forget Derby lost narrowly in the play-off final. Lampard wasn’t sacked or failed, losing him isn’t a massive crisis. He’s built the foundations of a very good side. If they sign the right players for the style, they’ll be fine next season. Cocu isn’t walking into a side lacking quality, or without an identity. If Derby plays as they did for the majority of last season, with a few extra signings, they’ll do well. My advice would be, don’t over complicate things. You were brilliant last season, and could quite easily be in the Premier League, don’t make unnecessary drastic changes.

Build the side around Jack Marriott

If there was one criticism of Lampard I had last season, it was his minimal use of Marriott. For me, he’s one of the best strikers in the Championship. A natural goal scorer, fox in the box. He didn’t start in any of the play-off matches, unbelievably. Marriott came off the bench at Elland Road and scored two to help Derby reach the play-off final. Again, he was on the bench. The super sub came on and scored, however, it was too little too late as they lost 2-1. He must be Derby’s number nine next season, he scores for fun.

Man City Is The Perfect Move For Derby County’s Liam Delap – Agree?

The news of a possible move for Liam Delap had broken yesterday and that move could be to Manchester. 

The 16-year-old striker has supposedly impressed City as he has been a key part of Derby’s under 18’s title win. He has also been named as an “England youth sensation.” Delap already has a really successful set of stats behind him for a teenager, he managed to get the golden boot in Turkey at the Mercedes Benz Aegean Tournament, he scored in Derby’s under 18’s 6-0 win against Wolves and his dad is the former Rams player and coach, Rory Delap.

It’s no wonder that Delap has been looked at by the Premier League champions but if the youngster did move to City, he would start in their development squad and Derby would also be due some compensation as part of the FIFA solidarity payments scheme. 

I think City are one of the most tactical and sensible teams when it comes to signings. Looking at the young talent and investing in players early, is pleasing to see as a player comes through the youth teams and eventually ends up training with the first team. It’s not as daunting for a player to just throw them in at the deep end with a new club. If the blues do sign the youngster and it doesn’t work out in the long run, even having him on the team should value him at a large amount if it should come to letting him go. 

Like any team during this transfer window, every club is keeping their options open, and looking for new signings before the start of the season. However, Pep Guardiola also has the departure of Vincent Kompany on his hands and now talks of David Silva also on his way out of the club.

Now is a perfect time to start building their youth team so they can replace their legends. City would be a great move for the 16-year-old because it seems like when a player joins the club and is successful, they seem to spend a long time there. Silva and Kompany are both celebrating 10 years with the Manchester side, and I hope to see more youth players end up being title winners with the club. 

Hot Prospect: Two reasons Why Man City’s Target Liam Delap Will Make The Big Time

Teenage Derby County striker Liam Delap has been linked with a move to Premier League champions Manchester City. Son of former Premier League full-back Rory Delap, Liam has impressed this season helping Derby Under 18’s to the Premier League North trophy.

Although impressive for Derby this season, It’s widely believed that he caught the eye of City scouts whilst on international duty for England Under 16’s at the Mercedes Benz Aegean Tournament in Turkey, a tournament in which Delap finished top scorer and secured the golden boot.

If City did sign the young forward its believed he would go straight into the Elite Development Squad, which would be a brand new challenge for the 16-year-old. Should City tempt the youngster to the Etihad they would need to pay the Rams compensation as part of the Fifa solidarity payments scheme.

It’s rumoured that the compensation figure could be around the million-pound mark, a gamble that I’m sure City won’t mind making.

Will it be worth it?

It all depends on game time in aiding the development of the player, something City has a history of not being the best with, when it comes to youth players.

Anyways, here’s two reasons why Liam Delap will make it to the top of the game, whether that be at Manchester City or at Derby County.

Natural Goalscorer

Something that many believe can’t be taught is the natural instinct of a striker, being in the right position at the right time, but young Delap, unlike his dad, has this in bucket fulls. If you watch the young lad in games he’s constantly on the move and trying to find pockets of space on the edge and inside the box.

Being in the right place at the right time is a trait that will take young Delap far in the game, even if it’s not at the highest level, everybody is always on the lookout for a goalscorer.

Good People Around Him

In his dad, Liam has a great role model and someone who has been around the game for a very long time, Rory Delap was a player at many levels in the Football League and in the Premier League. Therefore he will know that he needs to keep his lads feet on the ground, and even if he does go to the bright lights of the Etihad, he still needs to work hard.

It’s this model and motivator that many young players lack, and it sees them fall out of academy sides thinking they’ve already made it when they get signed.