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Promotion for the 21's?

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Derby, after their 2-0 win against Wolves, sit pretty in 2nd of the u21 division 2, on 33 points with 17 games played. For those who don't know, after 22 games, the top two sides in the division 2 are promoted, and the bottom two in division 1 are relegated for the 2015/16 season. 

Derby currently sit in second, two points behind leaders Boro, and 7 points above 3rd placed Newcastle, although they have a game in hand. We also sit above Premier League sides West Brom, Arsenal, Villa and Stoke. Full table can be found here, although it hasn't updates for the Wolves game yet http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/matchday/barclays-u21-premier-league-tables.html?paramYouthStage=NATIONAL

McClaren and co set out one of their clear objectives in the summer to create a competitive u21 team, and they have absolutely done that. Previous players from last season such as Jamie Hanson, Farren Rawson, Kwame Thomas, Mason Bennett and Kelle Roos has both stepped up well into the side, and their form has lead to appearances in the Derby first team, and elsewhere. Players have also been pulled from the u18's, with Callum Guy being a revelation. And of course, some excellent signings (countless), have created a fantastic pool of talent, such as Ivan Calero, Tom Koblenz and Alban Bunjaku.

A massive congrats to Lee Glover and his team, including Darrell Wassall, who's u18's side has also undergone a successful campaign. The form has also been reflected in cup competition, where Derby have reached the semi finals in two cups, including the u21 league cup. 

It really bodes well for the future. Becoming a category 1 academy has really benefited the club, and will continue to do in the future. If we aren't promoted, this will still be a major plus this season, and it will be interesting to see how many can make the step up next season. 

Up the Rams!!




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This is how I predicted our squad to look at the beginning of the summer, with no new signings:

How the Derby County squad could look next season:

Goalkeepers: Lee Grant and Kelle Roos

Defenders: Cyrus Christie, Isak Ssewankambo, Ryan Shotton, Richard Keogh, Jake Buxton, Ferrand Rawson, Raul Albentosa, Craig Forsyth and Stephen Warnock

Midfielders: George Thorne, Will Hughes, Craig Bryson, Jeff Hendrick, Jamie Hanson, Alban Bunjaku, Callum Guy and Tom Koblenz

Wingers: Johnny Russell, Simon Dawkins, Jamie Ward, Ivan Calero, Afele Santos and Mason Bennett

Strikers: Chris Martin and Kwame Thomas

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