Today, Rams midfielder James Bailey made a three-month loan switch to Coventry City. He hasn’t featured in a single first team matchday squad this season, and according to manager Nigel Clough it’s “purely because of the form of those ahead of him, and not a slight on his ability.”
I am quite a fan of Bailey and am very disappointed to see him frozen out this season. The emergence of Will Hughes and Jeff Hendrick has affected Bailey’s first team position at the club, however I think James can still offer The Rams a lot. I really hope this three month loan can help him find his way back in the team at Derby and prove to Nigel Clough that he still has a lot to offer.
Here’s Rams boss Nigel Clough’s views on the move “James has found himself outside the first-team matchday squad this season purely because of the form of those ahead of him, and not a slight on his ability.We think this is a great opportunity for him to go out and get a regular run of first-team football behind him, which he’s not had for the last nine months or so and it will benefit him much more than playing for our Under 21 side every other week.”