Frank Lampard certainly could’ve taken on less pressure in his first managerial job than what awaits him at Derby County.
The Championship side have earned a top-half finish every season since the 2011-12 campaign and reached the play-offs in three of the last five years.
Last season the Rams were edged out by eventual promotion winners Fulham in the semi-finals, though it’s clear they’re knocking on the door of the top-flight.
That’s the expectation Lampard will burden in his debut season on the touchline, and it’s not only Derby fans who’ll be taking an interest in how he gets on.
As a Chelsea legend, many of the Stamford Bridge faithful would love to see their all-time top goalscorer return to the club as a manager someday.
Roman Abramovich probably won’t be tempted to give Lampard a call for a while yet, but in terms of the other way around, it seems the 39-year-old has already contacted his former employers regarding a different matter.
The Chelsea youth academy is renowned - and widely ridiculed - for developing players among the most talented in the country before selling them on at a handsome profit.
With five straight FA Youth Cups, two UEFA Youth League trophies and two U18 Premier League titles won by the Blues since 2013, they must be doing something right at Cobham.
Perhaps that’s why, according to the Mirror, Lampard is eager to lure one of their brightest young talents to Pride Park this summer.
He and his assistant - former Chelsea U18s coach Jody Morris - watched England face Scotland in Saturday’s Toulon Tournament semi-final featuring young left wing-back Jay Dasilva.
After the London club tied him down to a four-year deal last July, the 20-year-old was immediately sent on loan to Charlton, where he helped them contest the League One play-offs.
The report also claims Dasvila’s rapid development hasn’t only caught the attention of Derby among several other Championship outfits, but even at least two Premier League clubs.
Given his former boss at Charlton Lee Bowyer considers him to be better than Ashley Cole at the same age, the hype may only be in its infancy.
“I played against Ashley at a young age and I think Jay is very similar – but probably better than Ashley Cole was at his age,” he said.
“Everyone knows how good Ashley was, probably England’s best offensive left-back for a long, long time. Jay is the same.
“Everybody thinks because he’s small, he might struggle. But he’s unbelievable in the air.
“He’s a baby but he uses his body so well. People think they can pick him out and get balls to the far post, but he uses his body so they don’t get a clear header against him when he can’t win it... and people don’t score.”
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