Newly-appointed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said that he would like to work with the likes of Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori next season after watching their progress at Derby County last term.
The duo spent the previous campaign on loan with the Rams where Lampard was the head coach, and they were afforded with sufficient gametime to impress over the course of the season.
Speaking in his first interview as the new Blues boss, Lampard acknowledged that he was fortunate to work with both Mount and Tomori, and he was impressed with their attitude on and off the field.
He said: “I was fortunate enough to work with Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori last year, their attitudes stood out well. The fact they came through the academy here – you could see it in how they held themselves, how they train, their manners off the pitch so that’s what I want to see, I want to work with those players.”
Mount, who is a central midfielder by trade, accumulated 38 appearances in the Championship last term and he contributed to the Rams’ cause with nine goals and four assists, though he missed a couple of months of action with a hamstring injury.
Tomori, on the other hand, was almost ever-present for the Rams at the heart of the defence last season and he was hugely effective with an average of more than two tackles per game while helping the team keep 16 clean sheets.
The duo are likely to get the chance to showcase their skills further during Chelsea’s pre-season friendlies and it will be interesting to see whether they are able to earn any gametime when the real business kicks off next month.
Aside from the pair, Reece James has been another young prospect, who has grabbed the attention after a superb loan stint at Wigan Athletic. The right-back, however, may not feature during pre-season after picking up a minor ankle injury playing for the England Under-20s at the Toulon tournament.