Lampard Brings in Two New Loan Signings for The Rams
Frank Lampard has waited over a month to evaluate his Derby County team and work out where he needed to strengthen, but we have now seen him make his first moves in what is his first management role. One move has seen him rely on old contacts from Chelsea, as he has brought in youngster Mason Mount on loan. His other move is one that will catch the eye of many Championship watchers and that is the loan signing of Harry Wilson from Liverpool, a player who really impressed when playing for Hull in the same league last season.
While people will talk about Lampard going back to Chelsea to loan one of their youth players, Harry Wilson is the star player in this deal. He was fantastic for Hull in the Championship last season, and playing in an even better team with that experience under his belt, expect to see even more from him this season which is a scary prospect indeed. Wilson is likely to be a key part of the Derby team this coming season, and if they want to make the playoffs again then his creativity and goal scorering abilities will need to shine.
Wilson played 13 games on loan at Hull last season, scoring seven goals from midfield. He adds a little bit of everything to the team, having the ability to score and create when needed. At 21 he will hope this is his last loan spell away from the Premier League, and he will have his sights on making the Liverpool squad next summer, such is the quality he has.
The second piece of this deal, Mason Mount is a player who impressed Lampard during his time watching the Chelsea youth team, and he is reportedly thrilled to link up with him again. Mount scored 14 goals for Vitesse in the Dutch premier division last season and became Wales' youngest ever international when he played and scored in their 6-0 win over China in March.
Derby are the first team to kick start the Championship season, facing Reading away on Friday August 3rd. They are priced up at 7/4 to win that game, a price that may appeal to many based on Reading's troubles last season. With a rookie manahger in charge in Lampard they may have to wait for their next promotion chance, but are priced up as short as 14/1 with the bookmakers to win the Championship this coming season. Those chances will continue to increase while ever Lampard is using his contacts to bring in players of the quality of Mount and Wilson.