Derby County academy graduate Morgan Whittaker joined Swansea City on transfer deadline day for a fee believed to be around £700,000.

Whittaker was a star performer in the Rams’ academy, scoring 31 and assisting 13 goals in 53 appearances for the U18s – form which he was unfortunately unable to recreate during his limited first team opportunities.

The 20-year-old was handed his senior debut in August 2019, making a late cameo appearance in the Rams’ 1-0 victory over Scunthorpe United in the Carabao Cup.

Derby County v Manchester United - FA Cup Fifth Round
DERBY, ENGLAND – MARCH 05: Morgan Whittaker of Derby in action during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Derby County and Manchester United at Pride Park on March 05, 2020 in Derby, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Whittaker went on to make a further 32 appearances in the following season and a half.

 

He registered one goal and one assist during his time with in the first team, both coming on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign as Derby triumphed 3-1 over Birmingham City.

Some feel letting Whittaker leave so early could be a mistake, whereas others feel the decision to sell the Englishman was a no-brainer.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: Morgan Whittaker of Derby County shoots for goal under a challenge from Joe Worrall of Nottingham Forest during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at City Ground on August 27, 2019 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The transfer has certainly split opinions, here’s what a selection of Derby supporters had to say on Twitter.

Whittaker has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Swans and will link up with fellow ex-Ram Kieron Freeman who also made the move to Wales on deadline day.

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