RamsTV pundit Kevin Wilson has heaped praise on Derby County defender Jayden Bogle.
The 19-year-old recently returned to the Derby squad after missing the opening two months of the season with an ankle injury.
Bogle has started the Rams’ last seven matches after returning to fitness and is currently away on international duty with England’s Under-20s.
Former Derby striker Wilson has also backed the right-back to put the disappointment of surrendering possession in the lead-up to Lewis Grabban’s goal in the 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest last weekend firmly behind him.
“Jayden Bogle is up there as the best right-back in the Championship and as good as some of those playing in the Premier League,” Wilson told the latest episode of the Derby County Show this week.
“He made a mistake at Forest, but it happens to players all the time on the pitch.
“For Jayden, it’s about how he comes out of it and how he goes forward now. He will learn from it I am sure because as players that’s what it is all about.”
Wilson made 124 league appearances for Derby and scored 30 goals, as well as scoring in a number of times in cup competitions, after signing from non-League Banbury United in December 1979.
Wilson, who has been a regular pundit on RamsTV during the season, has been impressed with the work that manager Phillip Cocu has overseen following his arrival in the summer.
Derby find themselves in mid-table after 16 games but the former Northern Ireland international is confident a consistent run of results to propel the side up the standings isn’t far away.
While the Rams have been in fine form at Pride Park, winning four and drawing two in their last six on home turf, they are without a win on the road since the opening day of the campaign at Huddersfield Town.
It’s a statistic that the former Derby frontman is convinced will be put right sooner rather than later.
“I do see progress and to be honest it has been a baptism of fire for the manager, on and off the field,” Wilson said.
“I believe he comes across well in the press and it’s clear to see that he is definitely a thinker. He doesn’t put anything controversial out there and he knows what he does need to say and put out.
“It hasn’t been easy for him, of course. He came in late in the summer and had to make some changes and go straight into pre-season.
“As we’ve said before, he lost around 30 goals in the summer with Harry Wilson and Mason Mount going back to their parent clubs after impressive loan spells. It wasn’t going to be easy.”
He added: “I can see positive signs and now it’s about getting the positive results on the road that we’ve seen at Pride Park. We need to keep going, believe in what we’re doing and I am sure the team will climb the table.
“We need to focus on the positives away from home and especially in the last few games, obviously now it’s about getting the ball in the back of the net which will make a huge difference. I think when it comes together there will be a lot of confidence spreading through the side.”