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.”
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.