So we’re a month into the new season, players are starting to settle into their new clubs so it’s only right that we should have a look at the new faces who have arrived at Pride Park this summer.
Dean Moxey – The left back signed from Exeter City has made a solid start to his Derby career, he already appears to have settled in well at left back and for the first time in a while the fans are happy with the left back position. So far so good for Moxey, if he continues to progress like he has done he’ll be a major fixture in the Derby team for years to come.
Lee Croft – Signed on a free from Norwich, the right winger’s performances have been something of a mixed bag. He looked very good on his debut against Peterborough and when he came on as a sub against Forest but has struggled in other games. Croft himself has admitted he needs to improve his consistency and with Clough’s philosophy of using wingers i’m sure it won’t be long until we see him causing chaos down the right wing.
Ben Pringle – Pringle was a complete unknown after signing from Ilkeston Town but he has become a player whose name always appears in match reports following friendly and practice games. He made a fleeting appearance towards the end of the Peterborough game and showed signs of quality, very energetic and clearly keen to make an impression. Could be a good one for the future
Shaun Barker – Since arriving from Blackpool for a reported £900k Barker has yet to feature in a first time game due to injury which is a bit of a surprise, I would expect him to claim a starting place for Sheffield United game alongside Addison.
Jake Buxton – solid is the word to describe the free signing from Burton Albion, he is an old fashioned centre half who will use any part of his body to block the ball and he showed he knows where the goal is after scoring against Plymouth. While I don’t expect him to play regularly once Barker, Addison and Leacock start playing Buxton has already shown that he is a good addition to the squad. Yes he has his limitations but when it comes to defending he is as solid as any of the other defenders. His lack of pace and average distribution of the ball will put him behind the other three as the season goes on; however he will be valuable for tough away games with his strong defending ethic.
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