Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has inevitably been tipped to bring in young players from his former club on loan following his recent appointment as Derby County manager.
There are plenty of Chelsea youngsters for Lampard to potentially choose from, with some in line to go out on loan for their first taste of senior football and others looking to add to their first-team experience.
Midfielder Mount, 19, has impressed while on loan at Vitesse Arnhem – he was voted player of the year at the Dutch club. Next up could be a loan spell in England and perhaps the Championship.
The England Under-21 centre-back endured a difficult time on loan last season at Sunderland, who were relegated. More Championship experience – this time at a much more stable club – seems like the next logical step.
Another defender with Championship experience, having been at Hull last term and Brighton the season before, Tomori, 20, has been progressing nicely. So too has Marc Guehi, 18, but the Championship might be too big a step for him for the time being.
Just 18 and with only two senior appearances (both as a substitute) to his name, the Championship might also be too much too soon for Sterling, who has not been out on loan before. But his potential and versatility could make him worth taking a chance on. He can operate in a number of positions, although he looks most effective when bursting forward from right-back.
The defender – the younger brother of former Chelsea man Nathaniel Chalobah – has a growing reputation as a youngster of serious potential. So much so that, like Mount, he was recently invited to train with England’s World Cup squad. Chalobah, who turns 19 in July, looks certain to go out on loan next season as part of his development.
The striker has been prolific at youth level and looked exciting during his appearances as a substitute for the first team last season. Just 17, he already has a maturity about him and the signs are that he would be as capable of making an impact at Championship level as Tammy Abraham was when he went to Bristol City.
Having already excelled in the Championship at Rotherham and Huddersfield, and with a season-long loan in the Premier League with Brighton having been cut short by injury, Brown – and Chelsea – might well feel that anything below the top flight would now be a step backwards for the 21-year-old midfielder. He is proven in the second tier and would be quality loan signing at that level.
The midfielder, regarded as one of Scotland’s best prospects, caught the eye for Chelsea’s development side last season after being signed from Glasgow Rangers. First-team football will be the next stage of his development.
The Dutch forward has looked the part since being brought in from Ajax. Creative and a good finisher, he can operate on the wing or in the number 10 role. A Netherlands Under-17 international, the hugely talented Redan will definitely be one to watch.
Probably the pick of the bunch. Superb at the heart of the Chelsea defence when selected last season, Ampadu looks certain to be a regular Premier League starter before long. In the meantime, a season in the Championship might be a good move for the Wales international signed from Exeter last year. It would be a big coup for Lampard and Derby, because Ampadu looks destined for big things.