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Introducing: Ashley Cole at Derby County

Introducing: Ashley Cole at Derby County

Things have been going well for Frank Lampard in his first role as manager at Derby County.

The Rams are currently enjoying life under the Chelsea legend as they look to continue their push for Premier League football.

Derby occupy a place in the playoffs and have managed to put in a number of impressive performances over the course of the season.

The Pride Park outfit have seen a number of their summer additions excel on the pitch, with the likes of Mason Mount, Harry Wilson, Fikayo Tomori and Jack Marriott, amongst others, having played key roles in their quest for top-flight football.

However, Lampard may have been able to make one of his most important acquisitions this month.

Ashley Cole arrived at Derby on the 21 January on a short-term deal that lasts until the end of the season, per BBC Sport.

The veteran left-back will reunite with his former Chelsea and England team-mate Lampard at Pride Park as the duo look to take them to the Premier League.

Cole, who is now 38-years-old, has plenty of experience of playing at the highest levels and could bring a fresh sense of optimism to the squad and club, which is something his new manager is looking for him to bring.

“He’s a fantastic player, a quality left-back, and he also brings great experience to the dressing room,” he told the club’s official website.

“I know him very well from our time together at Chelsea, and with England, and I also know what he can bring to the group and the influence he will have.

“Ashley is in good shape, which doesn’t surprise me because he’s an excellent professional, and he will compete for a place in the side like every other player here.

“I’ve made my feelings known over the last couple of days just how highly I think of Ashley and I have no doubt whatsoever he will be a positive addition to our squad.”

Whether he plays in a number of games for The Rams remains to be seen, however, the addition of Cole should only benefit Derby massively.

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