Derby County manager Phillip Cocu has suggested Max Bird is on the verge of breaking through to the first team in the aftermath of the Rams’ defeat at Hull City, Rams TV report.

Derby were unfortunate to lose 2-0 against Hull City on Saturday.

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One major positive to take, however, was the introduction of youngster Morgan Whittaker who came off the bench in the second half to make his Championship debut.

Speaking to RamsTV, Cocu says he also wanted to bring on Max Bird into midfield. However, Hull’s opening goal meant he was instead forced into extra attacking changes.

Max Bird was close to getting in. But when we dropped behind, we had to make offensive subs. I was close to getting him in as well because after a very difficult start to the season he is coming back in a very positive way. This is something I’m very happy about.

Derby County look to integrate their talented youth players:

Max Bird made his Championship debut last season under Frank Lampard.

He started in the 4-0 defeat at Aston Villa, but found it difficult to make an impact.

Bird has since returned to Derby’s U23 side who are currently top of their Premier League division, while Cocu gave him a start in the Carabao Cup win at Scunthorpe United.

The 19-year-old is predominantly a central midfield player. His path to a place in Derby’s first-team has been made clearer with injuries to Tom Huddlestone and George Evans.

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Bird has a bright future at Pride Park, and he is likely to get plenty of game time as manager Phillip Cocu makes it his remit to help push through the club’s young talents.

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