I’m hoping that there are some good youth team players at local clubs (league or non league) that might fire the imagination in January. I was looking at free agents and it really is slim pickings ( a bit like the available managers list too). I wouldn’t mind going down the foreign route because Omar Mussa looked quite good and had the spark that someone like Stewart could work with.
As a name to throw in, I would like to see the club go for Liam Delap at Manchester City on loan. Still very young but lightning quick, strong and hungry. Son of Rory (who lives in Derby and works at Stoke City so the family are based quite local) and surely the prospect of working with Marcus Stewart would be good for his development.
Was top scorer at England u17 tournament so bags of potential. Probably not a 90 minute regular but we tend to keep it tight for the first 60 minutes anyway so he could start as an impact sub and then with goals and confidence, he could help get the belief back to the club.
I can remember the impact of a very young Defoe at Bournemouth so I think that it would be worth a phone call. After all, we did similar with George Evans who turned out to be a brilliant loan signing just four year ago.