Efe Ambrose was doing so well at Hibs earlier this campaign. He traded Easter Road for Pride Park in January though and done literally zero with Derby County.

The defender has been released by the Rams after failing to make a single appearance. It makes this one of Derby’s strangest and possibly most pointless signings in their history.

Ambrose on Rams reserve duty (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Looking back on it now, Ambrose really shouldn’t have moved to Derby.

Hibs were giving him football and he should have held out at Easter Road a little while longer.

Ambrose wasted his and Derby’s time

First-choice centre-backs Richard Keogh and Fikayo Tomori were never going to be dislodged from their starting positions. Ambrose was only going to be a backup.

He was never going to be a regular pick. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Sure enough that’s what he turned out to be, although he would have at least expected a second on the park. The fact he never even laced up his first team boots for the Rams is disappointing for him. It really was a pointless transfer.

Hibs may be left wondering what if. Should Ambrose have decided to stay, would they have seen the return to form for Paul Hanlon and Darren McGregor?

They probably wouldn’t have. It seemed like a bad thing at the time, but ultimately Ambrose wasn’t missed too badly by the Hibees. They were arguably better without him, although that’s a little harsh. He was excellent for them earlier this season.

The Nigerian was brilliant for Hibs earlier this season. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Derby wasted their time with Ambrose and the Nigerian wasted his time going there. Nobody really benefitted from this move.

He’s available on a free now, with his stock much lower than it was six months ago. He’ll be quickly forgotten by Derby and Ambrose will probably be wishing he stayed in Leith.

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