Derby County - Barnes a talent to keep
UK time is: 06:09:20
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Barnes a talent to keep

The big clubs are hovering around Pride Park, and it`s the form of eighteen-year-old Giles Barnes who has a number of Premier League clubs jostling for prime position to snap up the talented midfielder.

Barnes signed for the Rams in August 2005 as a trainee, and his impressive performances this season has made him an integral part of the Rams side currently sitting in second spot in the Championship. Rams coach Billy Davies has given the youngster some advice saying: "Giles Barnes has got good potential but he can get better like a lot of our players.
'His final ball should be better. His left side should be better. He's got great potential but he's a young player and he can't rest on his laurels. None of us can. We're not good enough to do that."

But saying that the Rams boss doesn`t want the youngster to leave the Pride Park, and he is getting a little frustrated with all the speculation surrounding the teenager`s future. He has again stressed that Barnes is a big part of his plans and the player's future is at Derby.
'I am not interested in letting Giles Barnes go,' said Davies.
'As far as I am concerned, he is very much in the long-term plans for Derby County's rebuilding programme.
'I'm looking to build a squad and develop a team and I'm hoping that he is a part of that for many years to come.'

He was linked with a 1m transfer to Newcastle United early last season, along with Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Everton who have all watched him on a regular basis this season and Liverpool asked if they could take the England Under-19 international on trial. Derby also received inquiries for the player in the summer, including two written offers, but he signed a new four-year contract and is happy to be playing with his home club. He told Sky Sports: 'I played 20 games last season when we flirted with relegation, so this season is a dream come true for me.
'I'm playing for the club I love and we're riding high in the table. I can almost taste the Premiership and that's where we want to be.
'Derby is where I want to be and I can get into the Premiership with this club. They have given me my chance and I want to repay them and the fans for believing in me.'

The Rams need to keep hold of their talented youngster, and now the club is heading in the right direction off the park we shouldn`t sell off our greatest assists. We made a huge mistake by selling Tom Huddlestone to Tottenham for a cut-price figure. He had made his Derby debut on the opening day of the 2003-04 season in a 3-0 defeat to Stoke City. But the North London club acquired his services in July 2005 for an initial fee of 600,000 with possible add-ons taking the fee, rumoured to be around 2.5 million. On current form we should have received a larger fee and may be it was the naivety of the former board, and with his current form the Rams should receive the rest of the transfer fee, sooner rather than later for Davies to strengthen the squad, hopefully for the Premier League push later in the season.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Peter Simcox Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 18 2006

Time: 1:28PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
As a Spurs fan, I think 2.5m for Tom is almost theft. I would be happy to stump up 6m for Giles if you throw Lee Holmes in as well, and loan him back for the rest of the season. Whether you win promotion or not, I'd also be happy to loan you some of our youngsters to get experience like Arsenal have done with Birmingham
Report Abuse
18/12/2006 22:37:00

Is he any reltion to you know who?
Report Abuse
20/12/2006 17:07:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Derby County Articles

Rams In For Left Back? (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Johnson Misses Hull Clash (Monday November 23 2015)

Positives Aplenty For Clement & Thorne (Monday November 23 2015)

Rams Down Bluebirds (Sunday November 22 2015)

Stats: Derby County v Cardiff CIty (Sunday November 22 2015)

Video - Cardiff Highlights (h) (Sunday November 22 2015)

Derby v Cardiff City - Team Line Ups (Saturday November 21 2015)

A Stern Test Over The Next Four Games (Friday November 20 2015)

Archived Derby County Articles

List All Vital Derby Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. diddyram 3

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Hull City 17 10 5 2 18 35
2. Brighton 17 9 8 0 9 35
3. Middlesbrough 17 10 3 4 13 33
4. Derby County 17 9 6 2 13 33
5. Burnley 17 9 6 2 9 33
6. Birmingham 17 8 4 5 6 28
7. Reading 17 7 6 4 7 27

Derby County Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

RUFC - Defender Has Ban Reduced
Rotherham : 24/11/2015 23:14:00
Competition: Win a match-day experience with Panos Pavlakis!
Birmingham : 24/11/2015 20:47:01
Rams In For Left Back?
Derby County : 24/11/2015 20:39:01
LUFC Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) - Ticket Information
Leeds Utd : 24/11/2015 19:00:01
RUFC - Camp To Leeds?
Rotherham : 24/11/2015 18:29:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MotM v. Cardiff City
Suggested By:  MikeC
Carson 2%
Christie 0%
Keogh 0%
Shackell 0%
Warnock 33%
Thorne 41%
Johnson 8%
Butterfield 0%
Ince 8%
Martin 0%
Weimann 8%
Bryson 0%
Russell 0%
Baird 0%