Reported Derby County target Rob Dickie showed off his potential as he starred during Oxford United’s recent entertaining Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City.

According to Football Insider, the Rams are keen on a January move for Dickie.

The central defender has been in excellent form for Oxford United this season. He has helped the U’s keep nine clean sheets as they target promotion from League One.

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Aside from their league form, Oxford have made headlines in the Carabao Cup. They beat West Ham United 4-0 in the earlier rounds, setting up a quarter-final clash with City.

Pep Guardiola has won the Carabao Cup for the past two years running. He treats the competition with respect, and he put out a strong line-up against lower league opposition.

Oxford United’s Rob Dickie shows off his talent:

City lined up with international forwards Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez in their attack, two players who cost the Citizens £109 million in transfer fees.

The reigning champions ultimately won 3-1 at the Kassam Stadium. But it was a competitive game and central defender Rob Dickie showed why he is a sought-after player.

The 23-year-old posted five interceptions and six aerial duels won. He was calm under the high press, making 72.2% of his intended passes which was among the U’s best.

Dickie has been likened to Manchester United’s Harry Maguire. A potential lower league gem who has all the ingredients to climb the leagues and reach the top.

Derby are desperately short on centre-back options. Current pairing Curtis Davies, 34, and Craig Forsyth, a natural left-back, are both out of contract next summer.

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The Rams must make Dickie a top priority in the coming transfer windows. His performance against City showed he has what it takes to be a big hit at Pride Park.

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