STEVE McClaren has spoken of the value of the ‘daddy’ of Derby County’s midfield, John Eustace, writes STEVE NICHOLSON.
The 33-year-old joined the Rams as a free agent in the summer after leaving Watford.
McClaren has seen the impact Eustace can have on the team in the last two matches against Ipswich Town and Leeds United.
He was influential when introduced as a half-time substitute against Ipswich when Derby recovered from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 and played the full game in the victory over Leeds on Saturday.
McClaren described Eustace’s display as ‘majestic’.
The Rams boss said: “He held everything together,
“He was the glue in there that allowed Craig Bryson and Will Hughes to go on and express themselves.
“And express themselves they did.”
McClaren says an older head in midfield is vital to get the best out of Bryson and Hughes.
“John controlled them very well,” said McClaren.
“We lost a bit of shape against Leeds. This team is enthusiastic, it likes running around and sometimes it runs around too much out of position.
“We are just saying ‘conserve your energy and play your position’. If you do that, you will get your rewards.
“John Eustace talked at half time during the Leeds’ game about getting a good shape to go and play our football.”