If Frank Lampard takes over at Chelsea, which looks increasingly likely as time goes on, there will be a lot of questions about how he can transfer what he learned in just a season in the Championship to the top level.
That’s mainly to do with tactics and training and so on, but there’s also the possibility of taking players with him too. A large part of the squad is probably not good enough for Premier League football, but there’s a couple of in particular that people will wonder about.
Mason Mount is on loan from Chelsea, and if there’s anyone who’s going to make the step up it’s him. He has bags of talent, and in a better team that the Rams should look even better. We need a goalscoring, creative midfielder, and he would slot perfectly into that role. If Frank does become our manager, we seriously expect Mount to be coming with him.
The other star from last season was defender Fikayo Tomori, who was a rock at the back and voted the team’s player of the year. He’s clearly a good player with plenty of potential, although he’s not hyped up nearly as much as some others from the loan army.
The problem for Fikayo is that there are already good options in his position. David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger and the established senior pair, with Andreas Christensen a capable alternative.
We will then likely have the returning Kurt Zouma to compete with those three after a season at Everton where he really impressed.
So despite having arguably had an even better season than Mount, Fikayo may have to spend another year in the Championship or lower down the top flight, preparing to take his chance once David Luiz goes.