It took a while for Duane Holmes to be presented with his opportunity at Derby County, but when it came, he certainly took it.
Signed from Sky Bet League One side Scunthorpe United in August 2018, he joined the club with little fitness following a pre-season injury.
It took the midfielder a while to get up to scratch but he did provide two assists on his debut in a 0-4 win over Hull City in the Carabao Cup.
His first league start came in November as the Rams beat Birmingham City 3-1, whilst his first goal came in January in a 2-1 win over Reading.
Holmes went on to make a total of 35 appearances, scoring two goals and assisting four times.
His impressive form alerted the USA National side, whom he qualifies for due to his father. He earned his first cap in a 0-1 defeat against Venezuela but was the stand-out performer.
Holmes was named in America’s CONCACAF Gold Cup squad this summer but had to withdraw through injury.
Born in Columbus, Georgia, United States, he moved to England aged four. Holmes joined the Academy set up at Huddersfield Town aged nine and went on to make his debut for the club aged 18 against Hull City.
Holmes scored five goals for the Terriors over a three-year period, and following loan spells with Yeovil Town and Bury, he joined Scunthorpe Town on a permanent basis in 2016.
In his two years with the Iron, he netted 12 times in 94 appearances in all competitions. His pace and trickery led a number of clubs to chase the winger during the summer of 2018 where Derby County won the battle for his signature as he signed a three-year deal.
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