Frank Fielding hasn’t played for the Rams for nearly a month now due to injury, “He has got a chance” of making Saturday’s game V Blackpool according to manager Nigel Clough. Adam Legzdins has come into the side in Fielding’s absence and done very well. In Saturday’s defeat to Peterborough the former-Burton ‘keeper produced some wonderful saves, including a penalty save, but did let in quite a howler. “It should not affect his confidence. He’s a strong enough character to put it behind him and bounce back” according to Nigel Clough. In fairness, all of his saves made up for that error.
In a recent article on here, I wrote ‘If somebody comes in to the side and plays well they should be rewarded’, so I think Legzdins should remain number one even when Frank Fielding returns, purely down to his recent good performances. I was writing that post ahead of the Blackburn game and also went on to say ‘But in this case, I’d still pick Frank. Blackburn are a tough side and have some strikers that will certainly cause us problems so the most experienced ’keeper would, for me, cope better’. The former-England under-21 ‘keeper was thought to be fit for that game but the recovery is taking longer than the club first anticipated. After watching Adam a couple more times since writing that, I now definitely believe Adam deserves the chance after some magnificent displays. Nobody deserves automatic selection, they should work for their place in the team and it’s time Legzdins got his chance after some spectacular games between the sticks.
Having two goalkeepers competing for the jersey is wonderful, the Rams haven’t had that for a while at Pride Park. So when Frank does return, Legzdins deserves to continue. Surely that’ll make Fielding stronger?
Let’s not forget, Fielding played for Derby in the 1-0 win at the City Ground. He pulled off a wonder save from a Simon Gillet shot and made some other neat stops. However, he was fit for the following game away at Middlesbrough (currently the last time he appeared for Derby) and made an error that cost the side a goal, fumbling a Grant Leadbitter free-kick for Lukas Jutkiewicz to put away the rebound.
I expect most to agree with me but still vote below in the poll.