Derby County travel to Barnsley on Saturday with as many as five deadline day signings all looking to make their first start for the Rams following loan moves to Pride Park.

Rams boss Wayne Rooney was busy on deadline day, bringing in Teden Mengi and George Edmundson, Beni Baningime plus attackers Patrick Roberts and Lee Gregory.

The latter three made their debuts during the 3-0 defeat at Rotherham United in midweek.

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But now, they will be looking at a potential start as Derby travel to Oakwell to take on a Barnsley side which are winless in their last five Championship outings.

Here is how we believe Derby will line up.

Despite Derby’s late collapse at Rotherham in midweek, the back five are unlikely to change with both Mengi and Edmundson both lacking full match fitness right now.

Rooney has a decision to make in midfield with Krystian Bielik leaving a huge void. Max Bird is the natural option, but he often struggles against physical opponents who press.

 

Barnsley have been dubbed a pressing machine this season. But the game may come too soon for Baningime, while Graeme Shinnie and Jason Knight will certainly feature.

Patrick Roberts produced some nice passages of play in his cameo against Rotherham, and he showed he can receive the ball under pressure which will give Derby another outlet.

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The former Celtic man could replace Martyn Waghorn in the wide area, with Waghorn still struggling to replicate his early Derby form following his £5 million move to Pride Park.

Colin Kazim-Richards will surely lead the line. Lee Gregory, meanwhile, may be used as a late substitution again especially if the Rams are chasing a goal.

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