Cardiff City striker Kieffer Moore currently ranks as the best player in the Championship and is another bargain buy Derby County will regret missing out on.

The Wales international attracted a host of attention last summer.

Wigan Athletic’s points deduction and subsequent relegation at the end of last season saw several clubs look at the Latics as an ideal opportunity to strike a bargain.

Talented youngster Joe Gelhardt was snapped up by Leeds United, while Jamal Lowe joined Swansea City and Derby signed Nathan Byrne and goalkeeper David Marshall.

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But it’s Cardiff City striker Kieffer Moore who has performed best this season.

According to Wales Online, Derby wanted the striker alongside Millwall and Stoke City.

But it was the Bluebirds who won the race to sign the towering centre-forward. The BBC claim Cardiff signed Moore for a bargain £2 million.

While Cardiff haven’t managed to replicate their form of last season which saw them reach the playoffs, their summer signing from Wigan has certainly delivered.

Moore has posted 11 goals and one assist in 22 Championship starts. His most telling statistic is his average 11.1 aerial winners per game as he leads the line.

 

Moreover, the 28-year-old’s eight MOTM awards is the most of any Championship player this season and his Whoscored average of 7.60 sees him top of the pile.

Standing at 6ft 5inch, he is everything Derby have sorely missed this season.

The Rams started the campaign incredibly light upfront. Chris Martin left in the summer, while Martyn Waghorn was out injured and Colin Kazim-Richards was building fitness.

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Jack Marriott and Morgan Whittaker were the only recognised forwards, leaving then manager Phillip Cocu facing an uphill battle from the very beginning.

Derby unsurprisingly struggled for goals. The Rams are the lowest scorers in the Championship with just 17 goals scored in 27 games, leaving them in relegation trouble.

The inability to sign Moore or a striker of his ilk last summer arguably cost Cocu his job and leaves Wayne Rooney with the task of preserving Derby’s Championship status.

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