This summer The Rams sold star player and defensive rock Jason Shackell to Championship rivals Burnley. The replacement came from Coventry, Richard Keogh. The big question was will he be better than Shackell?
The Burnley captain is a brilliant defender at this level, he’s proved that with a number of clubs. Both players boast good leadership skills, organising the defence. I think Shackell is much more composed and comfortable on the ball than Keogh, who seems to be more of straight forward clear the ball defender. They are both similarly natural leaders and pretty good all round centre-halves, have Derby got a replacement as good as Shackell?
I believe Jason Shackell edges it as a better defender but we haven’t seen Keogh play for too long, but certainly long enough to know what he’s about. A big reason for Keogh is that he’s 2 years younger than Shackell.
I hope most Derby supporters give Jason a good reception today, I for one will be applauding him when his name is read out. Sure they’ll be many supporters that will boo him but just remember how good he was in a Rams shirt, we don’t know if these rumours are even true.
Going into the game, Derby are unbeaten at home and Burnley are yet to pick up a point away from home. On the other hand, The Rams remain without a clean sheet all season and face a side they have not beaten since January 2007.