As Paul Clement adjusts to life as the main man in charge, his Derby side have looked solid without pulling up any trees. The former PSG, Chelsea and Real Madrid coach has seen his side struggle to break teams down thus far, but can take heart in their strength at the back.
After Steve McClaren failed to bring promotion to Pride Park, the Rams have made no secret in their aims to get back into the Premier League. Not since the thoroughly abysmal 2007-08 season, in which they recorded a single win, have the Derbyshire outfit seen top tier competition.
They have a strong front line on paper, the likes of Darren Bent and Chris Martin pose major goal threats. Their defence is proving solid so far, so a major overhaul does not seem to be required in their quest for all things Premier League.
Here are six loans that could help provide the impetus required to shoot up the league…
An ambitious target to get things going, the Chelsea youngster is starting to see more and more first team action. However, with the Blues failing to replicate their imperial form of last year, Jose Mourinho can ill afford to rely on the England Under-21 star.
It is not hard to imagine Clement having picked up extensive contacts within the game during his time at Carlo Ancelotti’s side, so a deal could be on the cards – especially if Chelsea end up bringing a big money star to the club when the window reopens.
Seeing Loftus-Cheek in full flow will be as interesting as it will be exciting. For a player much talked about, we have rarely seen him firing on all cylinders.
Despite recent reports suggesting the Manchester United youngster will remain at Old Trafford, Anthony Martial’s form could convince Louis van Gaal to part with him on a temporary basis.
He’s clearly highly regarded at his parent club, but would surely benefit from a run of games. He announced himself with two goals against Hull City under Ryan Giggs’ interim time in charge – but has been unable to truly kick on.
With £58m teenager Martial doing the business so far, Wilson could be allowed to gain experience elsewhere.
The Costa Rican looks surplus to requirements at Arsenal, despite impressing in his country’s run during the 2014 World Cup. The sheer wealth of quality in the Gunners’ front line looks to be a hurdle he cannot overcome.
So, a team struggling to create in the final third could be a good fit for the 23-year old. He has a wealth of experience, with 50 international caps and seasons spent at big teams such as Olympiakos and Villarreal.
He could either be deployed as a centre-forward, or on the wings to create a pacey, creative dovetail with Tom Ince.
Newcastle United’s Yoan Gouffran has found playing time limited under Steve McClaren. The former Bordeaux man would be an excellent addition, able to provide pace and potency in equal measure,
The Frenchman is a player who will graft hard for the side, tracking back as well as bombing forward. He’s proved capable of solid performances in the Premier League for almost two years now.
The West Brom man has found himself behind some big names at the Hawthorns, with Saido Berahino, Salomon Rondon and Rickie Lambert all now available to manager Tony Pulis.
The former Everton hitman provides strength and industry up front, able to lead the line with aplomb. The Nigerian international has recovered from spates of niggling injuries early on his career, and his traditional forward play could form a lethal partnership with Darren Bent.
Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew seems to favour the unpredictable, free flowing front three of Yannick Bolasie, Bakary Sakho and Jason Puncheon. With Wilfried Zaha waiting in the wings, Frazier Campbell looks to be the odd one out.
He’s an experienced striker, and a former Manchester United trainee. That’s not a bad track record, and Derby need all the goals they can get right now.
Despite struggling to break the Eagles’ new look front-line, the former Sunderland goal getter impressed while at Cardiff, and could certainly add some much needed firepower to Clement’s side.