Derby County midfielder Will Hughes believes that competition for places at the iPro Stadium will be fierce over the forthcoming season.The Rams have made six additions over the summer so far, and the calibre of the players they have brought in has impressed Hughes.
The 20-year-old midfielder feels the additions of Darren Bent and Tom Ince, who have both been signed on permanent deals after they impressed on loan last season, are particularly important and he is delighted to have been reunited with the pair.
“It’s great to see Benty [Darren Bent] and Tom [Ince] back on top of the other four that have added real strength in depth to the side,” Hughes told Derby’s official site.
“Looking at the dressing room, the squad that we have is incredible and we are going to find ourselves on a Saturday where some of the players that aren’t playing are top, top players.
“There is going to be a fight on for a starting position every single week and it is a competition that has only intensified over the summer.”
The new signings are not the only fresh faces who have arrived at the Midlands club this summer.
Paul Clement has taken control, replacing Steve McClaren, and Hughes is looking forward to working under the former Real Madrid assistant manager.
“I met Paul for the first time yesterday and he seems like a really nice guy,” the England youth international added.
“Everyone knows what he is about from his CV, he clearly knows what he is talking about and from speaking to some of the other lads, they seem to have already taken to him.
“I’m looking forward to working with him over the coming weeks and months to see how he can improve me as a player.
“For me personally this season is all about stepping up again and just trying to improve again. I have only just turned 20, I’m always learning and hopefully I’ll continue that development under Paul.”