Forward Tom Lawrence is now entering his fifth season as a Derby County player and he remains a key member of the squad.
Over the course of his previous four seasons as a Ram, the versatile forward has racked up just under 150 appearances and a strong return of 26 goals.
His best-ever goals return for Derby came during the 2019/20 season after hitting the back of the net ten times in all competitions, while he also contributed with five assists.
The 2020/21 campaign was a stop-start one for Lawrence, who suffered with injuries. He missed the opening month with a shoulder injury which he sustained against Leeds United on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign.
He made his return but then suffered another set back, this time with an ankle injury which ruled him out for three months. On his return, he contributed three goals at the end of the season, whilst he pitched in with two assists.
Lawrence has mainly been utilised out wide throughout his time with Derby, with the vast majority coming on the left-hand side to allow him to drift inside onto his more-favoured right foot.
The Welshman can also perform centrally too, either from an attacking midfield aspect or as a central striker if needed.
Lawrence’s ability from set-pieces provides a further attacking outlet for Derby, particularly with his unique ability to strike a ball.
The technique came to good effect during the 2019/20 season as he scored several spectacular goals from distance, notably a thunderbolt in a vital 3-2 victory at Swansea City.
A boyhood Manchester United supporter, Lawrence was handed his senior debut for the club by current Wales boss Ryan Giggs in a 3-1 win against Hull City at the end of the 2013/14 campaign after coming through United’s famed Academy.
Lawrence left at the end of that season in pursuit of regular first team football and he joined Leicester City in September 2014.
He headed out on loan with Rotherham United, Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City, before he enjoyed a breakout year at Ipswich Town.
Lawrence scored 11 times for Mick McCarthy’s side during the 2016/17 season, whilst he also provided 11 assists, and it was that creative output that persuaded the Rams to bring him to Pride Park Stadium in the summer of 2017.
On the international scene, Lawrence pledged his allegiance to Wales, and he has featured for his country from Under-17 level right through to the senior set-up.
He made his senior debut in October 2015, and he grabbed his first goal for his country against Georgia shortly after his move to Derby, whilst he added a second goal against Panama in November 2017.
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