Derby secure double loan deal

Frank Lampard has secured his first signings of his Derby County reign, securing the double-deal of Mason Mount and Harry Wilson, from Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.

Mount and Wilson join the Rams on season-long loan deals, having impressed last season whilst out loan at Vitesse Arnhem and Hull City.

The duo are the first signings of Frank Lampard’s managerial career.

Mason Mount, 19, a product of Chelsea’s large successful youth academy, spent last season on loan in Holland with Vitesse Arnhem, gaining a large reputation helping them to a sixth place finish in the Eredivise.

The attacking midfielder excited fans with his dynamic displays from central midfield, making a huge contribution to the team scoring 14 goals in 32 appearances, and creating nine assists for his teammates.

Frank Lampard spoke to Derby’s website about the capture and said: "I’m delighted to get both of these deals done and add players of their quality and calibre to the squad.

"I know Mason really well from my Chelsea links and I have also watched him play in their very successful youth teams.

"I know him first hand from Chelsea, and Jody worked closely with him in the Chelsea youth team, and I watched him closely at Vitesse, where he had a fantastic season.

Harry Wilson joins the Rams on loan from Liverpool, fresh from signing a new five-year deal at Anfield, despite only previously signing a new deal in January.

Wilson, 21, became Wales youngest ever international aged just 16 years and 208 days old when making his debut against Belgium in October 2013.

A loan spell at Crewe followed in 2015, whilst working his way through Liverpool’s impressive youth setup.

Last season Wilson spent half the campaign at fellow Championship side Hull City, shortly before Leonid Slutsky’s departure.

Under Nigel Adkins, Wilson flourished in Hull’s relegation battle, scoring seven goals in 14 league and cup appearances for the Tigers.

Speaking about Wilson arrival to Derby’s website Lampard said: "Everyone saw what he did last season in the Championship at Hull.

"Harry brings incredible quality and hunger to the table here and he showed that last year while he was on loan at Hull.

"He’s a full international too and he has a real desire to come here and improve.

"They are two players I've chased because of the quality they have."

Talking points: Lift-off for Lampard

The arrival of new players at Pride Park has been long awaited by fans since Lampard was announced as manager, and it seems many are impressed by the players coming in, and the manager's ability to use his connections so early on in his managerial career.

Derby were desperately in need of some creativity in midfield, so the signings of an attacking midfield player and winger on loan show that Lampard has accurately assessed his squad, and is adding the right players ahead of the Championship season.

It also offers a shift in how the Rams are looking to do business in the transfer windows. Chairman Mel Morris has said they won't be spending big, so bringing in well-known younger players on loan is a great move.

Expect at least one more loan-signing before the window closes on Thursday 9 August at 5pm.

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