Derby’s Players, Best & Worst in September

This is a new monthly feature to my blog, not written by myself. Ollie Jones got it touch via my Rams facebook page about this article. Here’s what he’s written-

Every month, the fans’ top 5 players and the fans villain will be rated in a new feature for the Blog. The players will be rated out of 10, and the reasoning behind their score.

This month’s Villain:  Conor Doyle -3.5

As only a young American, Derby fans have not seen to much of the ex-Texas graduate in a Rams shirt. However, due to the illness of Paul Coutts, he was handed his first start of the season against Huddersfield Town at the John Smiths stadium. He perhaps should have scored for the Rams, when he was presented with a chance from only 6 yards out, only to sky it high into the stands. Because of his lack of creativity he was booed of into the second half by some fans. He has not made an appearance since.

5). Paul Coutts-7.8

Only costing £150,000 from Preston North End in the summer, Paul Coutts has settled into the Derby squad better than he could only dream about. Playing on the right wing, he has formed an excellent partnership with defender John Brayford, and is causing opposition defenders a nightmare at times. He has 4 assists to his name this season, with the most recognisable at the City Ground to set up Craig Bryson to score the only goal of the game to win in front of the TV cameras. The only thing the ex-Preston captain lacks is a goal (he’s now scored in October!). But he is becoming a fast fan’s favourite.

4). Richard Keogh-8.0

The Rams summer signing is finally starting to play more consistently and is defiantly worth the 1 million pounds + paid for his services. Him and Jake Buxton have started to achieve a solid centre back pairing, bringing a physical and experienced element to the squad. He got off the mark with his Derby career with 2 goals in as many games. His recent performances have improved massively, with a solid performance against Nottingham Forest, helping Frank Fielding to The Rams’ first clean sheet of the season.

3). Jamie Ward-8.6

‘Wonderwall’ is the new song the fans sing to the top goalscorer so far. With four goals to his name, and four assists, Jamie Ward is by far one of the Rams’ most dangerous threat whilst going forward  With his mazy runs down the left wing, right wing or as a striker, all teams always seem to stick 2/3 players on him, so his performances aren’t going unnoticed. Credit to the former Sheffield United man too, he handled the pressure from the Forest fans when going off injured. He will be out for at least three weeks, so lets hope he comes back just as strong!

2). Craig Bryson-9.2

He’s unstoppable and never stops running is the best way to describe last season’s player of the year. His loyalty to the Rams is proven to the Derby faithful by his reaction when he scored the only goal of the game against Forest to win (pictured below). Also, his consistent performances against Burnley, Charlton and Forest has earned him a place in the official league team of the week, as well as a 78% pass rate for September.

1). Will Hughes-9.3

Just edging out Bryson by a slither, Will Hughes is September’s player of the month. For only 17 years old, he looks like he has been experienced at this level for several seasons. His mature performance have not gone unnoticed as Manchester City scouts have been sniffing around the teen. His dribbling ability is by far the best I have seen from a Rams player in several seasons, and his passing is superb. He also scored his first goal, which was well deserved against Watford in the 5-1 thrashing, tapping home from 5 yards out. The only thing I would like to see from is to have a pop at goal a bit more, as his quality is fantastic.

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