Derby's Butterfield should be first player axed by Lampard this January
With the January transfer window edging closer, Derby County manager Frank Lampard will be considering which players to bring in and who to axe.
Derby are currently fourth in the Championship table and are well positioned to challenge for promotion.
In Lampard’s first season as manager, this is quite impressive but there is still half a season to go.
Derby have to get their January business spot on to ensure they avoid a slide down the table and they maintain their bid for promotion.
Several fringe players could be sold in January to make space in the squad for new faces.
And the first man that Derby should look to flog is midfielder Jacob Butterfield.
The 28-year-old has not played a single minute of football under Lampard and his time at Pride Park looks to be coming to an end.
Butterfield joined Derby from Huddersfield Town back in 2015 and has played 89 times for the club.
But last season, the former England under-21 man was sent on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, where he failed to impress.
And he is down the pecking order at Derby under Lampard, who prefers other options in central midfield.
Lampard is likely to let some fringe players go and Butterfield needs to be first on his list.
With Hull City interested in the Rams outcast, according to the Derby Telegraph, he must be allowed to leave.