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Another blow for Derby who are set to lose talented youngster Luke Thomas

The 19-year-old is being linked with a move to the top flight.

Josh Kerr



Luke Thomas
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After losing manager Gary Rowett to Stoke City last night, who guided the club to a sixth-place finish, the Rams are already awaiting another setback as talented youngster Luke Thomas is reportedly preparing to leave Pride Park.

According to Gloucestershire Live, West Ham United have launched a £1.2 million bid to lure Thomas to the Premier League after Derby missed out on promotion, losing their play-off semi-final to Fulham over two legs.

Thomas moved to Pride Park in January 2016 from Cheltenham Town and the Gloucestershire club will reportedly receive a portion of any potential transfer fee.

The 19-year-old, who is from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire has so far made two substitute appearances for the first team, in home wins over Queens Park Rangers and Bolton Wanderers.

The loss of Thomas may not prove as costly as manager Rowett. However, the potential departure of the teenager comes at an awful time for Rams supporters considering he is considered one of their most promising academy players.

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Thomas gained valuable senior experience after he spent time on loan at Gloucester City in 2016/17, impressing for the then National League North outfit.

He is a versatile attacking midfielder who has made a name for himself in his home county. He is considered one of the best youngsters to come out of Gloucestershire in recent years, and Derby losing him could soon prove a huge loss.

The arrival of Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham, who likes to play an attacking brand of football, will come as exciting news to Thomas who, could have a huge future at the London club if the move goes through.

The forward made 17 Premier League 2 appearances for the Rams under-23 side, scoring six goals and providing one assist.

It is a big fee to pay for a youngster but the price tag only represents how talented this forward is. If reports are true, it could be another huge loss for the Rams.

I am a freelance sports journalist currently studying sports journalism at Staffordshire University with a passion for all things football. I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, as well as my local side Forest Green Rovers. I've worked for online newspaper VAVEL UK as well as a media assistant for Chester FC in the Vanarama National League.

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Keeping Curtis Davies should be Derby County’s summer priority



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Derby County have set a price tag of £3 million for their club captain Curtis Davies.

According to the Mirror, the 33-year-old veteran had been linked with a move along the A50 to the Bet 365 Arena and Stoke City.

Former Rams manager Gary Rowett – who made that move last month – had initially been rumoured to take several key players with him including goalkeeper Scott Carson, top goalscorer Matej Vydra and Davies.

Fortunately for Derby, the Telegraph dismissed those claims earlier this week but reported interest did prompt Lampard to put a £3 million price tag on his captain’s head.

Davies played 48 times for Derby last season, keeping 21 clean sheets and scoring one goal against his former club, Hull.

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Having joined the Rams for a mere £500k from the Tigers, for a price tag to be set at £3 million – almost a year later – speaks volumes of his performances last season.

This supposed fee is a tall order for a defender of that age in the Championship – although not unjustified – but it speaks volumes of Derby’s eagerness to hold on to their number 33.

If Davies were to leave, the Derby Telegraph understands that Rams gaffer Frank Lampard would make a move to reunite with his former Chelsea teammate and current free agent; John Terry.

Although a member of last season’s Championship Team of the Year and an undeniable leader he would be a significant downgrade for the Rams.

Terry, who is four years Davies’ senior, made a respectable 35 league appearances last season but still missed more than a third of the Championship season.

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In a physically demanding division, asking Terry to replace Davies could be an unwise gamble. This summer the former England captain may be better placed to join the Rams as a defending rotation or coaching addition to support Lampard’s adjustment.

To ask the former Villa and Chelsea captain to lead another side through a grueling 46 game season – week in, week out – could be far-fetched.

Davies has become a mainstay in the Rams defence and was a true leader throughout this past season. If Derby were to lose him this summer it would be devastating.

It should be a priority for Lampard to retain Davies’ services this summer. Baring a ridiculous offer, the Rams should do everything they can to make sure he leads out the squad at Pride Park, next season.

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Frank Lampard should target reunion with Jack Harrison at Derby County

Derby County’s new boss played with the 21-year-old in New York.

Mathew Nash



Frank Lampard has been named the new Derby County manager, making his first steps into management after his retirement from the game in February last year. Immediately thoughts have turned to which former players the Chelsea legend might be able to bring to the Championship club. Whilst much of the thought does go to the players he played with at Stamford Bridge, perhaps a player from his time in the USA would be better suited. Namely, the player in question is Jack Harrison.

The 21-year-old England youth international has taken an unusual route to English football. After moving to the United States at the age of 14 he eventually became the number one draft pick in MLS in 2016 and eventually headed to New York City.

Whilst playing in the Big Apple the winger found himself teaming up with Lampard. Undoubtedly the new Derby boss was impressed by what he saw. Back in June last year Lampard told MLS Soccer about Harrison’s talents:

“I speak to Jack all the time.

“I think there a lot of big things to come from Jack. I like him, he’s a great lad, great ability.”

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That interview came before the young attacker had headed back to the UK, joining New York’s sister club Manchester City. Harrison was then loaned out to Middlesbrough to continue his first-team development.

But this summer he would be a great recruit for Derby and Lampard should target a reunion. Not only does the new Rams boss know how good Harrison is, but the 39-year-old also has good links with the Premier League champions having played for the club.

Derby fell short in their hunt for Premier League football last season. One of their problems was a lack of creativity, especially in the wide areas. Harrison remaining at Boro makes little sense, with Tony Pulis hardly the man to get the best out of him.

Instead, Harrison would be better off at Pride Park. Lampard could tap into what made the 21-year-old so dangerous across the Atlantic and give Derby an extra dimension next season. Forget the long list of veterans that Lampard has played with in the past, Harrison is then former team-mate he should want to manage next season.

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Should Derby County make a move for John Terry?

The 37-year-old is now without a club ahead of the summer window.



John Terry
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John Terry will not play for Aston Villa again after the club announced his departure this afternoon.

The former Chelsea captain made 36 appearances in all competitions last season for Villa including a start in the Championship play-off final last Saturday.

In a club statement, Villa stated Terry was “everything and more” than they could have hoped for when they signed him in the Summer of 2017.

However, the 37-year-old is now without a club and yet to announce his plans for the up-and-coming season.

Interestingly, the final line of the club statement would suggest that he does intend to play on again next season.

Villa stated: “we wish him the very best as his career moves forward.”

Adding to this fuel, the BBC Sport reported that, “there are no initial indications that he plans to retire from playing.” So where now for John Terry?

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Although Terry made it into the EFL Championship Team of the Year, his performances on the field of play were questionable at times last season.

Although his leadership skills and career accolades are unquestionably amongst the most impressive in all of English football, his ability and speed has evidently decreased.

This would suggest that a move to the Premier League may be a mistake for anything more than a role model in the dressing room.

With the exception of Sunderland, its fair to presume that not many – if any – below the Championship could afford or attract John Terry.

Within the Championship, almost every club could use the experience of John Terry to their advantage.

Arguably, his leadership skills and experiences outweigh any other asset he could bring at the age of 37. It may not be just the dressing room that need that advice and leadership, it may be a coaching staff.

By all reports, Frank Lampard has one foot in the Derby County dugout to be their new manager with Jody Morris not far behind as his assistant.

Is it possible that the Chelsea legend trio could reunite in a Rams uniform next season? Perhaps.

(during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on February 25, 2017 in London, England.

The Rams have failed in each of the last four seasons to attain their Premier League goal.

The players; mindset and character has come under intense scrutiny for their evident post Christmas league position slides.

Although he could arguably become a third choice central defender in the current Derby squad, his leadership skills in the dressing room could be vital for Lampard’s regime. Not only for the players, but for Lampard himself.

A team with the leadership capabilities of Curtis Davies and John Terry could have the know-how to create another winning culture and promotion push at Pride Park.

With Derby under financial fair play duress, Terry would most likely have to take a payment reduction to join the Rams.

However, would that be that surprising if he was able to reunite with fellow Chelsea teammates and legends?

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