Derby County may regret missing out on Bart Ramselaar as the attacker re-joins FC Utrecht, the club’s official site confirm.
According to the Daily Mail, Ramselaar emerged as a summer transfer target for Derby County.
The 23-year-old joined PSV back in 2016 under then manager Phillip Cocu. He enjoyed his best PSV years under Cocu, scoring or making eight goals in 22 starts in his debut campaign.
Ramselaar helped PSV win the Dutch title in 2017-18. He later received international recognition, making three caps for the senior Holland side.
But Cocu’s departure in the summer of 2018 prompted several setbacks for the player. Ramselaar made just four substitute appearances last season. Moreover, he recently missed out on a spot in PSV’s Champions League squad this term.
A departure has been on the cards for a while. Derby seemed like a likely destination for Ramselaar. However, Cocu instead opted to bring in domestic-based attacking players Kieran Dowell and Jamie Paterson on loan.
Derby’s lack of creativity in the final third:
The Rams made an indifferent start to this season. An opening day victory at Huddersfield Town has been followed by four Championship games without a win.
Derby have played well in patches, but they only have seven goals in six games in all competitions to shout about. There appears to be a lack of quality in the final third, especially out wide and in the number 10 position.
Phillip Cocu had a void to fill with the departures of Harry Wilson and Mason Mount. Ramselaar is a versatile player and would be ideal for either position, but reported talks seemingly came to nothing.
Derby supporters will be hopeful the club didn’t miss out on a potential bargain. After all, English-based players are more expensive and Cocu’s best bet could be finding some hidden gems back in the Eredivisie.