During a recent live stream on his YouTube channel, The Athletic’s Derby County correspondent Ryan Conway spent some time talking about Rams winger Kamil Jozwiak’s potential future transfer value.
The Poland international joined the Rams in the summer transfer window from Lech Poznan for £3.87m and it may be fair to say that he’s been impressing in some areas in his first season at the East Midlands club.
Per WhoScored, Jozwiak has completed more dribbles per league game than any other Rams player to have started a Championship fixture this term and he’s currently Derby’s joint-highest assist provider in England’s second tier. The 22-year-old has also earned a positive overall WhoScored rating of 6.79 from his 17 Championship appearances this term, making him Derby’s seventh-highest rated player in the league at present.
Conway raved over the £3.6m-rated man’s potential during this recent live stream, with the journalist declaring that he believes Derby “have got a star on their hands” with Jozwiak and stating that he thinks he’ll either help Derby to get promoted to the Premier League or help them to receive “a really good fee” from a top-flight club for his services in the future.
He said: (3:54) “I’ve said this to people at Derby, I’ve said this to anyone who’ll listen, I thoroughly believe that they have got a star on their hands. Can he take that next step and go even further? Who knows?
“By even further, I mean the Premier League, be that with Derby or another team. One would assume if he gets there, either Derby get there or they get a really good fee for him and that’s just being realistic but he can be a star at this level. He is really so positive.
“Not only does he have all of the attacking flair that you want from that player but he is gritty.”
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TIF Thoughts on what Conway had to say about Jozwiak…
It’s certainly a positive for the Rams that Conway seems to think that Jozwiak has got such a bright future ahead of him and with the 22-year-old under contract with the East Midlands club until the end of June 2024, if he does build on his positive start to life at Pride Park and attract interest from Premier League clubs in the next year or two, perhaps the Rams could make a healthy profit on the £3.87m fee they paid to sign him in the summer, with his Transfermarkt valuation already not far off that fee and surely primed to rise if he consistently delivers impressive performances.
At present, however, perhaps the priority for all associated with Derby has got to be ensuring Championship survival this term, with the club involved in a relegation battle, and so, maybe it would be fair to assume that Derby fans will just want to see Jozwiak produce more goal contributions and help the Rams to increase their poor goalscoring record before thinking about his potential future transfer fee.
If he can do that, though, then maybe it is realistic of Conway to claim that he may well command a large transfer fee in the not-too-distant future.