According to a report in the Daily Mail, Derby County have an interest in signing Zaglebie Lubin’s Damian Oko.
It is claimed the Rams will weigh up a move for the central defender who has a value of £2 million. On the outside, it seems like a gamble, yet statistically he matches up well for the Rams.
The 22-year-old is described as a ball-playing centre-back. Derby have become accustomed to building from the back under current manager Frank Lampard, but this summer represents a challenge.
Fikayo Tomori was a big hit during this past season on loan from Chelsea. The young, pacey centre-back allowed Derby to play a high line. Moreover, on the ball he was intelligent and brave.
Derby have a big void to fill this summer as Tomori won the Fans’ Player of the Year award. Not many supporters will have heard of Damian Oko, yet the Polish defender looks promising on paper.
How Damian Oko could fit Derby County’s philosophy:
The Zaglebie official website describes Oko as a promising talent. In a recent 1-1 draw with multiple championship winners Lech Poznan, the defender was instrumental. He posted an 89% pass-completion rate while winning 83% of his defensive duels.
Derby interested in 22-year-old CB Damian Oko, playing for KGHM Zagłębie Lubin in Poland, according to the Daily Mail. Apparently valued at 2 million.
Nice to see they're looking hard to find the right type of CB because Oko seems like one hell of a passer. #dcfc #dcfcfans pic.twitter.com/m9uO6vIMJu
— Ram Srinivas (@rramesss) June 9, 2019
A more complex statistic review on Twitter shows how Oko is well above the average for passing statistics in Poland’s top-flight. He allegedly succeeds 80% in short-range and forward passing over 17 league outings.
Derby were in the top five in the Championship for possession last season, averaging 53.4% per game. Furthermore, their 77% average pass success rate was also among the league’s best.
Lampard quickly turned the team’s style of play from the more pragmatic approach under Gary Rowett. Next season, fans will seek a further improvement to the style, but recruitment will be key.
Also see: Report names price-tag Derby County must oay for David Turnbull.