Posted by Barrie on Tuesday, 9 February 2010

There's Only One Robbie Savage

A £1,500,000 Paul Jewell signing and a big money two-and-a-half year contract back in January 2008. Derby County were the laughing stock of the Premier League at the time and this signing seemed to sum them up.

Robbie Savage looked a yard too slow as he captained his new Derby side in a home 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic at Pride Park on his debut. Greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos, he was part of a dire Rams side that were relegated with a league low 11 points that season.

12 months on, Derby were lingering above the relegation zone of the Championship, Paul Jewell resigned, and Robbie Savage had been loaned out to League Two side Brighton and Hove Albion. People were saying his legs had gone. Some suggested his career was over. At 34, and from dropping from the Premier League to league one in less than 12 months, it wasn't a bad claim.

The former Wales captain was recalled to the first team at Derby when Nigel Clough took charge in January 2009. Savage quickly established himself into the team with his hard work and battling skills as he became a big part of the side that rose above the threat of relegation that looked likely under Jewell.

A few weeks into this season, Robbie Savage was re-named Derby County captain at the expense of the woeful Paul Connolly. He works his socks off in the middle of the park and is a great leader on the pitch. He's had the better of the Nottingham Forest, West Brom and Newcastle midfield in games this season.

Savage's personality has blossomed off the field. He occasionally co-commentates on BBC Radio Five games, often mention his and Derby's performance the day before. And he stuck up for his team, criticising the journalists in a must listen to interview on BBC Radio Derby recently. While it seems he wants a career as a personality in football once his playing time is over, his commitment to Derby County currently should not come under question.

Robbie Savage captained his Derby side to their second clean sheet over Newcastle this season with a 3-0 victory tonight at Pride Park. Derby are in form at the moment, having beat two of the top three teams at home in their last two games. Although I didn't back the Rams in either of those games, many pub-goers down my local will be buying me a pint for tonight's result...

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