Derby have signed Michael Jacobs on three-year deal. An undisclosed compensation fee has been finalised with Northampton. He will officially join on 1st July and meet his new team-mates on 13th July for pre-season training. If I hear what the undisclosed fee is I’ll post it on here, believed to be around £500k. The move means Jacobs is Nigel Clough’s 13th signing from a league below the Championship and will comes into the side as the 7th youngest player (out of players to make an appearance last year).
The 20 year old said “I’m delighted to sign and it’s a progressive move for me more than anything. “The move has been rumbling on for a little while now so it’s nice to get it in the bag and sorted out at last, and now I can look forward to getting my Derby career underway once and for all. “I had a few options to choose from but having seen the set-up Derby has, which is of Premier League standard in my opinion, you can see it’s geared up for success.“In fact, it wowed me when I came up to the training ground. I went to a few other clubs to talk to them, but Derby stood out above them all and I had my sights set on the Club after that. “It felt right when I met the Gaffer and looked around the place; I know I’ve made the right decision.“This is the first transfer of my career so it had to be the right move for me. I didn’t want to step up to the Championship and not make an impact – but here at Derby I think I can fulfil my potential.” Full interview on Derby’s official video site Rams Player
Manager Nigel Clough said “We’re delighted to secure Michael’s signature as he’s a player we indentified some time ago as someone who would be a very good addition to our squad, and over the last two years he’s been one of the best players in the lower leagues. “He’s a young lad, but already he has plenty of first-team experience at Northampton behind him and we feel he has plenty of potential, which we believe he can fulfil it in a Derby County shirt. “Michael fits in well with the sort of player we’re looking to bring into the Club, and we’re delighted he’s chosen Derby County after hearing what we’ve had to say and having a look around the Club. “We’ve had to be patient in getting this deal done, but we’re very happy to get it over the line.”
Northampton Chairman David Cardoza said “Although a few clubs had expressed an interest in Michael, Derby were the only club to actually submit an offer, and we have negotiated hard with them to get the best deal possible for the club.”
After this morning’s announcement I thought I’d take a look at his career so far and descend on you tube for some clips of the highly rated winger in action.
|Michael Edward Jacobs|
|Date of birth||4 November 1991 (age 20)|
|Place of birth||Rothwell, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
Jacobs came through the youth ranks at Northampton and eventually made his first team bow aged just 17 in 2009, he hasn’t looked back since. In February 2010 the then 18 year old was sent out on loan to Nuneaton, where he impressed.
It was the next season (2010/2011) where he really made an impact. He came on as a sub in the first game and scored his first goal just a few days later in a League Cup tie against Brighton. After that he became a regular name on Northampton’s team sheet. The winger enhanced his already growing reputation by scoring against Liverpool at Anfield in his side’s 2-2 draw and then scoring a penalty as The Cobblers caused a huge upset with a penalty shoot-out win. He went on to score six more goals that season and plenty more assists. His form didn’t go unnoticed as he was named Northampton player of the year as the Cobblers finished 16th. He had now established himself firmly into the midfield at Sixfields having ending that season with 48 appearances to his name.
The 2011/2012 season saw Jacobs progress and continue his form. He scored 7 goals and made 50 appearances in what was another relegation scrap for The Cobblers however Jacobs’ excellent performances throughout didn’t go unnoticed as he was watched by many clubs in the higher leagues knowing his contract would be up at the end of that campaign. Despite a relegation battle his form also definitely wasn’t unrecognised by fans and members of the club alike as he was named player of the year for the second time in a row. at the end of the season there was plenty of speculation involving the player but on 26th June it was announced Derby had secured the signature of the winger.
Michael Jacobs Career Stats:-
League Appearances: 78 Starts + 9 Subs
League Goals: 11
Cup Appearances: 8 Starts + 5 Subs
Cup Goals: 4
Total: 100 Games, 15 Goals