Frank Lampard has taken to the management game like a duck to water.
The Chelsea legend’s Derby side currently sit in ninth place in the Championship, but are level on points with sixth place, and only three behind second place. Realistically, one win can fire them up the table, where they will hope to stay throughout the season and improve on last season’s playoff appearance.
However, their success in the league was eclipsed by their heroics in the League Cup, by beating Man United at Old Trafford, managed by Lampard’s former boss José Mourinho.
It is Lampard’s relationship with Chelsea that may have been the reason why he was able to secure the signature of Mason Mount. The 19-year-old is on loan from the London club, and has been in outstanding form for The Rams so far this season, creating fear amongst supporters that he may be returning to his parent club.
While Lampard has categorically stated that the England under-21 international will not be leaving, there is often no smoke without fire. As much as the former Chelsea player can say that the club are going to keep hold of Mount, he may be powerless if the club demand him back. This has happened in recent years when The Blues recalled Nathan Aké during his loan spell at Bournemouth.
However, if the teenager were to stay, he could be the cornerstone of a Derby side which secure promotion back to the Premier League. The midfielder has already amassed three goals and one assist in the opening ten games of the season, and is one of the standout players of the season so far. Regardless of what formation Lampard has adopted so far this season, there has been a place for Mount, and that will continue for as long as he is in the team. The versatile playmaker will be vital if the club seek to continue their good early season form.
It may be as simple as that, though; if Mount stays, Derby go up, if he doesn’t, they don’t. His career has been brief, but he has already become a central character in any team that he has played for. Last season, while on loan at at Eredivisie outfit Vitesse, he managed nine goals in 29 appearances, and was the club’s player of the season, guiding them to a sixth-place finish. This even earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad before the World Cup, although he didn’t play. All in all, Derby must keep hold of him until May.
Mount has a very bright future ahead of him, and could well be the first academy player since John Terry to become a regular in the Chelsea first team, but he has a job to do at Pride Park first.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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