Derby County owner wants half of the starting 11 to be academy players

9 January 2020

Jason Knight, derby county
Photo: Getty Images Derby County academy product Jason Knight in action against Millwall in the Championship. The Irish teenager started the match for Derby, who lost 1-0.

Derby County's owner, Mel Morris, has set a target for the first team, which is to ensure that by next season 50 per cent of the starting 11 are players from the club's academy.

"I think there is a possibility we could get there," he said in an interview.

Four academy players have made their first-team debuts at Derby this season.

Jesper Elkjær Jensen

Next season, half of Derby County's starting 11 should be academy players.

That's the target set by club owner Mel Morris in an interview with the Derby Telegraph.

"We are not going to see a team of 11 players from the academy featuring this season, but the target was for next season 50 per cent of our starting 11 should be academy players," Morris said.

"That was our target, and I think there is a possibility we could get there."

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