Nigel Clough is pleased with the return to fitness of Nathan Tyson, and the number of attacking options he has within his squad.

Tyson, an ex-Nottingham Forest player, signed for Derby this summer but picked up a groin injury on the eve of the new season, leaving him sidelined for Derby’s opening six matches.

The striker made his long-awaited debut on Saturday, coming on as a substitute in the 2-1 win against his former club at the City Ground, and Clough was delighted.

“It was brilliant for Nathan to come on and finally make his debut,” said Clough.

“He’s had a frustrating month or so. I know how eager he was to come in and make an impact here, especially after coming from Forest.


 

“To come on a victory as well made it even better for him, but it was just great to see him out on the pitch again.”

“He knows he still has a way to go in terms of fitness and sharpness, but it’s great to have him back.

“He did well in the 20 minutes or so he was on the pitch and both Nathan and Theo Robinson give us something we’ve missed for a few years up front, which is raw pace.”

The Rams boss has an array of attacking players to choose from and is excited about the competition for places in the team.

“Nathan and Theo can stretch the game and it will be interesting to see the battle for an attacking place really hot up now because we have Jamie Ward, Steven Davies and Chris Maguire also vying for an attacking spot as well,” Clough continued.

“Then you have the likes of Conor Doyle and Tomasz Cywka who can do a job up there as well and Callum Ball continuing to score goals for the reserves and youth team, it’s very promising.”

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