Derby County’s goalkeeping situation is a cause for concern and Kelle Roos’ Wembley woe only cemented that thought further.
The Rams missed out on the chance to secure promotion to the Premier League as they were defeated 2-1 by Aston Villa. There wasn’t much between the two Championship playoff finalists, yet Derby were done by two sloppy goals.
Promising right-back Jayden Bogle was static at the back post from a right-wing cross, allowing Villa to score just before half-time. Then, 10 minutes into the second period Roos had a moment he will want to forget. The Dutch keeper came to collect a looping deflected cross, only to be beaten by 5ft 7inch John McGinn who nodded into an empty net.
Villa’s second goal left Derby with a mountain to climb, and despite their best efforts, they ultimately ran out of time.
Roos has been an impressive figure for the Rams this season. However, the 6ft 5inch shot-stopper is out of contract this summer. Sky Sports reported talks over a new deal were underway in early April, but so far a conclusion hasn’t been reached.
Why Derby County should seek a deal for Barnsley’s Adam Davies.
With Scott Carson, 33, seemingly out of the picture, Derby must make a new goalkeeper a top priority. One player who stands out as a potential steal is Barnsley’s Adam Davies.
Davies, 26, helped the Tykes to promotion this season and set a club record for fewest goals conceded. His ability is evident, and his contract at Barnsley is up this summer making him available on a free.
According to the Stoke Sentinel, Stoke City are in the frame to sign him alongside several other Championship clubs. Derby, however, could guarantee him first-team action whereas Stoke must wait on Jack Butland’s situation to be resolved first.
The Rams may not have the biggest budget this summer, but that doesn’t mean they can’t improve their team. Graeme Shinnie will turn out to be an excellent free-transfer deal, and Davies could quite easily be another.
Also see: Former Ram shares bizarre Billy Davies ploy ahead of 2007 Wembley final.