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Player Profile: Matt Derbyshire

Player Profile: Matt Derbyshire

Full Name: Matthew Derbyshire
Date of Birth: 14th April 1986, Blackburn
Nationality: English
Position: Forward
Squad Number: 27
Internationals: Capped at youth level for England
Signed: 2003
Previous Clubs: Great Harwood Town (local team), Plymouth Argyle (loan from Rovers) & Wrexham (loan from Rovers)

Matt Derbyshire is another local lad who Rovers have successfully brought through the youth system having signed him from a local team a few years back.

A small fee was involved when Derbyshire was picked up from a Great Harwood Town after it became apparent the youngster had talent and more importantly knew where the goal was! This fee appears to be money well spent.

The 20-year-old had featured in a few squads in the past but before this season had only made one senior appearance, so in order for the former England youth forward to gain first team experience he has had loan spells away from Ewood Park. The first came with Plymouth Argyle, with whom he failed to score in thirteen appearances but most of these were made as a late, late substitute. A change of manager didn't help his cause with Argyle either.

However his highly successful spell with Wrexham at the end of the 2005-2006 season in which he scored 9 goals in 10 appearances including two on his debut lead to praise from Mark Hughes.

It was thought his chances during the 2006-2007 season would be few and far between but in recent weeks he has featured in first team squads and had a little game time due to injuries to others. Saturday 9th December saw him play the full second half against Newcastle United and he impressed, with his first Rovers start coming against Nancy in the UEFA Cup the following week, he played the full 90 minutes.

Derbyshire is a player that Hughes rates highly, using him regularly in pre-season in 2005 and 2006 and although reserve team football is good for him and he is a regular starter as well as regular goalscorer Hughes had been keen to send him out on loan again. Thus far this hasn't happened this season and hopefully it won't and he'll continue to be given a chance, albeit it limited chances in the absence of others as I'm sure he'll take it.

Blackburn Rovers appearances and goals up to the start of the 2006-2007 Season
League: 1 (as sub)
FA Cup: 0
League Cup: 0
Other (European etc.): 0
TOTAL: 1 - 0 goals

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Date:Tuesday December 19 2006
Time: 11:42AM

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My admiration for Derbyshire is no secret; he's got plenty of goals in him and given the chance he will score them. I HONESTLY think he could be the answer to our goalscoring problems and a good partner for Benni. In theory he could and would save us MILLIONS!
Hughes Da Man
19/12/2006 11:44:00
I would have to agree with Hughes I do believe in this lad, his scoring records are second to none in the reserves and like so why not give him a chance, other teams seem to play the younger players if and when they think they can handle it ( Man City being a good one to mention), so give him his chance to prove us rite or indeed wrong!!
19/12/2006 11:51:00
Without question Clint, I'm almost 100% convinced Derbyshire would prove us right though if given the chance. If you know where the net is you'll find it at ANY level if you are a natural scorer like he is. He could be a 20 goal a season man for sure, and will score the poachers goals we are missing!
Hughes Da Man
19/12/2006 12:09:00
I do agree with u Hughes especailly on this one, put him in against Arsenal at the weekend, wot better way to show faith in the wee man and who wouldnt want to play in that game. I would put Nonda with him as the senior partner of the two, a bit of experience and heading ability as well, especailly as the Gunners defence looks suspect at times. Then with Gallagher to bring on should ruffle them a bit
19/12/2006 14:46:00
All sounds good in theory Clint, so why not, lets give it a go.
Hughes Da Man
19/12/2006 16:37:00
I honestly belive Gallagher is much better as a winger than a striker. he has the attributes to be a good winger but lacks the presence of an out and out striker. Derbyshire has a special feeling about him. If played with the right partner (McCarthy or Roberts) then he could prove to be the best thing since Duff (the player not the beer). He will likely get chucked in at the deep end at the Emirates at the weekend... and I cant wait.
19/12/2006 18:10:00
Yeah Duff Beer (the rip off from the Simpson's that saw the people selling it sued wasn't that good was it!) Sometimes the best way to learn is without your inflatable arm rings right at the deep end. It's not a make or break moment for Deryshire but there is a good chance it would work to his benefit. Nonda works hard, so with Derbyshire not coming as deep as Benni often can maybe Deryshire will give Nonda an outlet? When Nonda and Benni come deep they don't offer each other this. Gally could be a good winger, maybe also a link between midfield and defence, a Sheringham sort of role???
Hughes Da Man
19/12/2006 19:58:00
Any chance of a season long loan in the window?
19/12/2006 21:01:00
You can take Nonda lol! If Derbyshire won't get nuch of a look in (which hopefully he will) then a loan to Blackpool for the season wouldn't do him any harm.
Hughes Da Man
19/12/2006 22:26:00
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