Teams: Derby County, Burton Albion
Player of the Year
For the third time in four seasons Derby County have struggled with life in the second tier of English football.
They have used 38 players, a ridiculous amount in the 44 league and cup matches played so far.
Plenty of names then, but not many clear candidates for supporters to ponder as they look to name their Player of the Year.
Few players can be pleased with the way the season has gone and choosing a winner of the Jack Stamps Award is a difficult task.
Criteria is needed to produce nominees. For me, a player is a serious contender if he has played in at least 30 of the games at this point, the majority of them starts.
Giorgi Kinkladze collected the award a few years ago depsite starting less than half of the matches.
Much chopping and changing has left only six players on 25-plus starts and five with more than 30 appearances under their belt - Tommy Smith, Inigo Idiakez, Lee Camp, Adam Bolder, Morten Bisgaard and Paul Peschisolido.
Bisgaard has dipped away alarmingly and Peschisolido has been seen more as a sub than a starter .
Seth Johnson can count himself unlucky because he was the in-form midfielder before suffering a knee injury in January's mauling at Coventry. Given his growing influence at the time, he would probably have gone close to the award.
Young centre-back Lewin Nyatanga has been impressive since breaking into the side.
He displays remarkable composure for a 17-year-old and offers valuable balance being left-footed. He has rewritten Welsh football history by becoming the youngest player to win a full cap and has had a memorable first season in the senior ranks.
Nyatanga should walk away with the young player award ahead of midfielder Giles Barnes (17), who has also produced eye-catching performances.
Both youngsters can be proud of their achievements but must remain focused on the challenges ahead.
Lee Camp has also recovered well from an uncertain opening to the season but Idiakez, Smith and Bolder look to be the three front runners for the prize.
Reigning player of the year Idiakez is in double figures for goals again this season. He is leading scorer on 11 and on his day can dictate the tempo of Derby's play with some style and swagger.
He has enjoyed a good campaign without reaching the heights of last season.
Another name expected to attract votes is that of Smith.
Hard-working and energetic, Smith was outstanding last season but like Idiakez, he has not produced the same standard consistently this season.
He should be scoring more goals - he has six - and his end product lets him down on occasions, be it cross or shot.
Bolder has always been recognised as a player who can provide urgency and bite to Derby's midfield, a player of heart and fight.
Consistency has been a problem, though being in the side one minute and out the next does not help. You sensed he was an easy target to leave out for previous managers George Burley and Phil Brown.
Bolder started eight of the first nine games as the Rams made a promising opening to the season but was bundled down the pecking order by an influx of loan signings, few of them making a noticeable contribution.
He was out in the cold during October and November but has been handed a new lease of life under caretaker manager Terry Westley.
His character and determination to keep going despite difficult circumstances has stood out.
Such an attitude deserves the award but it is the choice of the supporters that counts.
Originally Posted by Nico
I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!
Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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