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james vaughan

Derby County unveiled a new signing today which will provide them with further striking options until the end of the year. They have signed James Vaughan on loan from Everton for three months.

Vaughan is a young, hungry U21 international striker who has pace to burn and a good eye for goal. He likes to play on the shoulder of the last defender and use his pace to get behind the defence. He will provide Derby with something that they have seriously been missing for quite a while, he is a totally different option to any other striker at the club which (in my opinion) makes him an excellent signing.

So who is James Vaughan? He is a 21 year old striker who has come through Everton’s academy. He was Everton’s youngest ever player, making his debut in 2005 against Crystal Palace, and became the Premiership’s youngest ever goalscorer in the same game.

The move should benefit everyone. Vaughan, like any footballer, will want to play every week and this move will give him regular football and a chance to boost his confidence by scoring a lot of goals. David Moyes will want to see how his young striker copes with regular football in the tougher standard of the Championship, and will want him to get the experience of playing every week. From a Derby point of view they are getting a striker with huge potential who will be eager to show David Moyes that he is good enough to play for the Everton first team.

The Everton manager was happy with the move for his young striker, he said “I think it’s a good club for him to go to, a big club, and he can get a chance to play some games and hopefully get his career really back up and running again”

Derby manager Nigel Clough was also happy with the deal, he said “This is a terrific bit of business for us; James is a good player with an excellent attitude and tons of ability. He is also different to anything else we have at the football club at this moment, so will add some variety to our attack.  He is strong, quick and brave and knows how to look after himself on the pitch”

Derby fans will be hoping that he is as good as our last loan signing from Everton, Leon Osman.

Vaughan goes straight into the Derby squad for the game away at Crystal Palace on Saturday

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