Derby County are at the bottom of the EFL Championship after two points in the 11 games played so far. The team was handed a 12-point deduction after entering administration. All the teams who have experienced the point deduction were unable to survive relegation that season. Wayne Rooney has trusted his side and said that he expects his team to fight back. There have been rumours that former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley could take over the club meaning that there would be new ownership and Derby can sign some new recruitments in the summer. Now let us take a look at the stats to see where they could strengthen their squad.
Derby County have won three and drawn five games out of the 11 played. One of the biggest problems that they are facing is scoring goals. The team has only scored seven goals and they have the lowest goals per 90 rate. The expected goal rate is 10.23 and less than most of the teams who have acquired fewer points than Derby this season.
One of the main reasons for scoring fewer goals is the number of positional attacks created by the team. The count for positional attacks stands 232 and is the lowest in the league. A total of 101 shots have been attempted by the Derby players and only 35 of them were on target. Their highest scorer in the league this season is Curtis Davies who plays as a centre back in the team. Derby lacks a goalscorer who can score or provide an assist in almost every match.
Derby players have taken the fewest touches in the opposition box. They have attempted the least number of passes into the final third and the successful passes count is also low. The Rams sit 23rd in the table for passes attempted into the opposition penalty box. The success rate is also better than Nottingham Forest who have attempted the least number of passes. They lack some quality in midfield and are unable to produce passes that would trouble the opposition. The team could certainly go for a playmaker who can attempt some passes into the opposition box.
Derby is one of the best defensive teams this season and have only conceded eight goals. Still, there are some areas where the team has struggled. The recoveries made are quite low and especially in the attacking third and middle third. The lesser amount of recoveries have not helped their attacking cause. Aerially the Rams have lost more than 50% of the duels. The aerial duels win % is 43 and Derby have won a fewer amount of aerial duels.
Derby County have struggled in front of the goal. The team has a good defensive record but lacks creativity and finishing abilities. In case there is a takeover then the club will look to make more signings in the creative zones so that they can escape relegation this season. In case there is no takeover then Wayne Rooney has to rely on his current squad and expect them to score more.