Derby County boss Frank Lampard managed to tempt his former employers Chelsea into letting Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori spend the season at Pride Park. But the former Stamford Bridge favourite did not enjoy the same luck when trying to sign Ethan Ampadu.
According to former Chelsea defender Scott Minto, on Sky Sports (6 September, broadcast 7:45pm), the Derby manager tried and failed to bring the highly-rated 17-year-old Ampadu to the East Midlands too.
“I know Derby tried to sign him on a season loan, I also know that Maurizio Sarri said no,” Minto, who played for Chelsea between 1993 and 1997, said.
Ampadu showed why he is one of the most exciting teenage talents in Britain with a marvellous display in defensive midfield in Wales’ 4-1 thrashing of the Republic of Ireland last week. But the former Exeter City youngster hasn’t made a single first-team appearance for Sarri’s Chelsea this term.
And Pet Nevin, who represented The Blues between 1993 and 1998, believes Ampadu would have been better off playing regularly at a club like Derby.
“To be honest, if you look at the position, there’s no way Chelsea promised him games this season,” Nevin said on BBC Radio 5 Live (10th September, 7pm).
“There’s no chance that was a possibility because if you look at that midfield now, Cesc Fabregas isn’t even back.
“That’s before you look at the (Danny) Drinkwaters and plenty more players like that.
“What, Ampadu walks on the scene and he can go and play in the midfield? Not a chance. So I think it would have been sensible for him to go out and have another year out.”
Mount has already made great strides at Derby and will return to Chelsea a more rounded and experienced player. Would Ampadu have benefitted from the same exposure?