Derby County’s head of academy coaching Mike Scott told RamsTV the level of quality of Derby’s youngsters was a key reason behind him joining from West Bromwich Albion.
Scott moved to Derby in the summer after 12 years with the Baggies.
He had various roles at West Brom, including head of education, head of sport science at youth development, youth team coach and later the U18s manager.
Scott will assist academy director Darren Wassall with the 9s to 23s coaching program. And he believes the Rams have something unique going on at youth level.
I’d always looked at Derby from the outside in terms of seeing how they developed their players. They have always had a lot of success, winning the U18 league last year. They were one of the best teams we [at West Brom] played last year. With the development of the players, there was something unique going on. Across the 9s to 23s program, with some of the players coming through that, the academy is in a really good place.
Derby County’s thriving academy:
Derby have produced several top-quality players in recent years. Jeff Hendrick and Will Hughes are Premier League regulars, while Jayden Bogle will reach that level too.
The current youngsters in the U23s have shown equally impressive potential.
Players like Louie Sibley, Morgan Whittaker, Max Bird, Lee Buchanan and Ireland U21 international Jason Knight helped the U18s win the Premier League cup last season.
The current Derby U23 side is top of their Premier division. And the abovementioned youngsters have all tasted first-team football this season in the EFL Carabao Cup.
Behind the scenes at youth level, things are looking extremely bright for Derby.
Phillip Cocu was brought in due to his excellent track record of developing young talent. And the Dutchman has already shown a willingness to play them at Championship level.