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Ten Derby County signings who overcame slow starts to become heroes

We're a few weeks into the 2019/20 season and some of Derby County's new signings have already got fans talking as to whether they are going to be stars or flops during their time at Pride Park.

It doesn't take long for fans to make a judgement, though naysayers should be warned: it isn't always possible to tell the worth of a player after just a handful of matches. Here are ten Rams players and managers who struggled to give a good first impression but would ultimately prove the doubters wrong.

Failed to score in his first seven Rams games, but ended that season top scorer to help fire Derby into the Premier League.

5. Steve Howard

Failed to score in his first seven Rams games, but ended that season top scorer to help fire Derby into the Premier League.
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A big money who only scored once in his first 14 games before then managing 67 more in his five years at the Baseball Ground.

6. Marco Gabbiadini

A big money who only scored once in his first 14 games before then managing 67 more in his five years at the Baseball Ground.
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Vydra struggled initially, scoring just five times in his first season at Pride Park, before eventually becoming a lethal attacking force and earning a move back to the Premier League.

7. Matej Vydra

Vydra struggled initially, scoring just five times in his first season at Pride Park, before eventually becoming a lethal attacking force and earning a move back to the Premier League.
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It took the Scottish midfielder a while to settle at Derby but he eventually played a key role in the Rams' 2007 promotion, scoring the winning goal in the play-off final at Wembley.

8. Stephen Pearson

It took the Scottish midfielder a while to settle at Derby but he eventually played a key role in the Rams' 2007 promotion, scoring the winning goal in the play-off final at Wembley.
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