This summer, Derby County and Leeds United engaged in a high-profile transfer clash over Brentford winger Florian Jozefzoon. Despite a late attempt from Leeds to hijack the bid, Derby triumphed and won the attacker’s signature.
Yet halfway through the season, Leeds must be delighted they didn’t waste money signing Jozefzoon, who has struggled at Pride Park to date.
The former Dutch U-21 international arrived at Derby and was immediately praised by Frank Lampard, but Joezfzoon’s attacking production has been minimal this season.
Just 10 of his 20 Championship appearances have been starts, and Jozefzoon has scored just two goals and assisted a further one in league action.
For a player of Jozefzoon’s reputation, who drew plaudits at Brentford and has played for Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, these statistics are simply unacceptable.
Derby currently sit sixth in the Championship table, five places and 11 points behind the league leaders Leeds — whose attack has scored eight more goals than the Rams this year.
In July, Leeds must have been disappointed to miss out on Florian Jozefzoon to their promotion rivals Derby.
Yet six months later, Leeds will be delighted they declined to purchase the underwhelming attacker and will be content by their league performance so far without Jozefzoon.