Jan the Ram?
With the transfer window behind us, one thing we can expect to see before the turn of the year is free agents being linked and moved around to clubs. Free agents can become the most crucial signings, as seen with Jay-Jay Okocha to Bolton Wanderers, Gary McAllister to Anfield and Sol Campbell’s controversial North London switch.
A lot of free agents now are coming to the back end of their career, such as Rickie Lambert, Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott. However, one 26 year old free agent who would be an unbelievable purchase for a number of clubs is former Bayern Munich and Sunderland man Jan Kirchhoff.
A club that would really benefit from Kirchhoff’s presence is Championship side Derby County. The Rams are extremely low on players for the central midfield area. The arrival of Tom Huddlestone and Tom Lawrence, both north of thirty, has added numbers to that area but this is outweighed by the loss of starlet Will Hughes to Watford and the sending of Chris Bryson on loan to Cardiff City, sitting currently in 3rd compared to Derby in 15th.
But why Kirchhoff? The German has Premier League experience, playing a crucial role in Sunderland’s 2015/16 escape, winning two Man of the Match awards and PFA Fans’ Player of the Month. He was praised for his tackling and passing, something Gary Rowett’s men could do with to break down opposing midfields and support the attack of Vydra, Nugent and Weimann. Along with Kirchhoff in a holding defensive midfield role, Derby County would have a much bigger chance in fighting for the Play-Offs and more importantly, the Premier League.
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