Frank Lampard admits Derby County's George Evans and Jack Marriott have had the same problem since joining

Frank Lampard shows appreciation to the fans at half time during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on February 25, 2017 in London, England.

Derby County striker Jack Marriott and midfielder George Evans have been kept in reserve by Frank Lampard so far.

Frank Lampard the manager of Derby County looks on during a pre-season friendly match between Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Pride Park on July 28, 2018 in Derby, England.

Frank Lampard has admitted to the Derby Telegraph that both George Evans and Jack Marriott have had a problem in their initial few weeks at Derby County.

Derby spent most of the summer chasing the pair, before eventually getting deals over the line.

However, both Evans and Marriott have had to watch from the sidelines for the Rams so far, with Lampard being cautious with them both.

And Lampard claims that the new additions have had to play catch-up on their fitness ever since arriving at Pride Park.


He said: "The problem is, when you sign players quite late, some of the moves are quite protracted and the player spends a week or two not really training.

"George and Jack have both had that scenario, but they are getting towards full fitness now although they haven't played any games, so they will need a bit of time.

"It is important we get those players we are talking about minutes, so that will be at the forefront of my mind [for Derby’s cup match in midweek].

"There will be changes to see what the players who come in can do.”

Jack Marriott of Peterborough United during the EFL Checkatrade Trophy Third Round match between Luton Town and Peterborough United at Kenilworth Road on January 9, 2018 in Luton, England.

Derby take on League Two side Oldham Athletic tomorrow, in a match where Marriott and Evans could feature for the first time.

Derby are under pressure to win, after two rather underwhelming performances so far this season.

The Rams opened up their season with a slightly unconvincing 2-1 win over Reading, before they were battered by Leeds United on Saturday.

Marriott’s potential inclusion tomorrow, in particular, will excite Derby fans - as he netted 33 times last season for Peterborough United.

Jack Marriott of Peterborough United celebrates scoring his team's third goal during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Peterborough United at Villa Park on...

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