Nigel Clough is surprised by the lack of enquires for James Bailey and my thoughts

Nigel Clough has said he is surprised about the lack of inquires for transfer listed midfielder James Bailey.

“It’s an awkward situation for James but he has come back well in pre-season and did well in the practice game we had at the training ground on Tuesday,” said Clough. We are ready to listen to offers for him and we have been surprised that there have not been more inquiries because he is an established Championship midfielder. He had a brilliant first season with us and although he had a couple of injuries last season which set him back, we still think he is a good Championship midfielder. We are not quite sure why there have not been more inquiries. James will continue to work hard and battle for a place. Hopefully, he will be involved against Burton. We don’t really want to lose these lads, like James, but we have got options in central midfield now with the emergence of Jeff Hendrick and Will Hughes. Paul Coutts can play in there as well, so that is going to limit James’ opportunities.” Rams boss Nigel Clough told The Derby Telegraph.

He still remains a Rams player as he isn’t out of contract. I think Derby still need him, Hendrick is still young and learning. Bailey is a good player, a brilliant passer and he can link up play well. In his first season with Derby he was excellent and really shone out as someone The Rams would have in there for many years to come as he won the club’s young player of the year award. That season he impressed me so much I decided to get his name printed on to my away shirt for the 2011/12 season, where unfortunately the emergence of Hendrick and some unfortunate injuries he’s found opportunities limited. In his first season he made 38 appearances and last season he made 24 appearances. I don’t think Derby can rely on Hendrick all the time, in parts of last season he wasn’t too good in games but he carries the tag of the guy who scored the goal against Forest so it isn’t picked up as much. His performances seemed to drop through a spell in the winter of the campaign. Will Hughes is coming through but again is still very young and learning. Paul Coutts can also play central midfield, however I’d expect him to mostly act as a winger for The Rams. Clough may think he’s got enough options there (which he has but they’ve not got as much experience as Bailey) and want (or under instruction again to do so) to reduce the wage bill. The value of him has probably come down considerably since he his first season with Derby. He is in the last year of his contract (that always brings players’ value down), He didn’t have a great season last season and he struggled with a couple of injuries last season so his value will have dropped. I wonder, if he does leave, how much Derby will receive for him? Bailey is a quality player in my opinion who should be kept in given more of a chance. Do you agree or disagree? Tweet me or any feedback @NMtherams 

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