Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to respond to Kelle Roos after the goalkeeper thanked fans for their reception during the 2-1 victory over fellow Championship side Reading.
Roos joined Derby in 2014 after impressing on a trial. He originally moved to Pride Park as a third choice. Adam Legzdins’ exit the following summer, however, pushed him to become Lee Grant’s understudy.
Taste of first-team action:
This season, manager Frank Lampard has installed Roos as Scott Carson’s back-up, while also giving him a taste of first-team action in the recent FA Cup clash with Southampton.
Roos impressed in the replay at St. Mary’s as Derby knocked the Premier League side out on penalties. Then, an injury to Carson meant the Dutch shot-stopper was given his first league start against the Royals.
Taking to Twitter after the game, Roos thanked fans for their support. In return, the Derby faithful praised his display with some calling him a future number one at Pride Park.
— kelle roos (@kellsroos) January 19, 2019
Superb game Kelle. Commanded your area superbly, and the moment where you ran out to clear that danger was excellent 👍🏻
— Barnaby & Chris (@AmbroseBarnaby) January 19, 2019
You are playing brilliantly @kellsroos …. Your future is stamped-on son!
— RAMS NEWS (@_RamsNews) January 20, 2019
You’ve been patient, you’ve taken your chance. Keep it up!!! Rooooooooooooos! 🐑🐑👊!
— DerbyRam19 (@Ram19Derby) January 19, 2019
Well played and your distribution was class
— leigh.butler (@barmylad34) January 19, 2019
Great performance today, love seeing the spring in your step, really happy for you! What a tackle, best tackle I’ve seen for ages 😂👍🏻 keep it up and we’ll see you in that shirt again next week!
— Wayne Barnes (@WayneBarnes4) January 19, 2019
Many congratulations on your first league start @kellsroos. After your performance against the Saints it was thoroughly deserved and I for one would like a contract extension put on the table for you. All the best. CoyR
— Baden Mel Mellonie (@MelMellonie) January 19, 2019
Hope you get a run of games and a new contract lad 😀
— Mawgen hogg (@MawgenH) January 19, 2019
What can i say… well done AND well deserved 👏👏
— Allison Abbott (@allisona623) January 19, 2019
Could Kelle Roos become Derby County’s number one?
Carson hasn’t performed to the best of his abilities this season. Moreover, the former England international turns 34 later this year, perhaps providing an opportunity for Roos to become number one.
Frank Lampard wants his Derby team to play possession-based football out from the back. With Carson posting only a 64.5% pass-accuracy rate this season, some could suggest Roos is better in this department.
The former PSV Eindhoven youngster is also apt at coming off his line, evident by his excellent sliding tackle on Reading’s Garath McCleary late on in the second half, coming way out of his area.
While Harry Wilson will grab the plaudits for his goal and assist against the Royals, the assured performance from Roos in the Derby net was arguably the most pleasing aspect and he has given Lampard a potential selection headache.