Five Chelsea rising stars that Derby County could look to sign

Could Derby County look to use their new-found Chelsea links in the transfer market this summer?

Blues legend Frank Lampard has been appointed Rams boss – his first managerial role.

And Lampard has brought in former Chelsea team-mate Jody Morris has his assistant manager.

Morris had been in charge of the London club’s under-18 team.

So the Rams could be well placed to tap into the wealth of talent at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea sent a whopping 38 players out on loan during the 2017-18 campaign.

Here, we take a look at five who might interest Lampard and Derby…

LEWIS BAKER

At 23-year-old, Baker has already had four loan spells.

Stints at Sheffield Wednesday and Milton Keynes Dons were followed a move to Holland to gain more valuable experience with Vitesse Arnhem.

The England Under-21 international spent two seasons with Vitesse, helping them win the Dutch Cup for the first time in their 125-year history in 2016-17.

During his time with the club, Baker made 73 appearances and scored 20 goals.

Most recently, the midfielder was loaned to Middlesbrough, where he made 14 appearances and netted twice in all competitions in 2017-18.

TAMMY ABRAHAM

The 20-year-old striker scored 26 goals on loan at Bristol City in 2016-17 – 23 of them in the Championship.

This season, he stepped up to the Premier League with Swansea City but could only manage eight goals in 39 outings as the Welsh side were relegated.

Could a return to the Championship be in the offing next term?

Abraham is already a full England international, having won two caps, but is currently playing for the under-21s at the prestigious Toulon Tournament.

OLA AINA

The 21-year-old spent the 2017-18 campaign in the Championship with Hull City.

The defender made 46 appearances for the Tigers in all competitions, scoring one goal.

Aina has been named in Nigeria’s squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

With Derby having released Chris Baird, they could do with another option at right-back.

Could Aina be the man to provide that?

JAY DASILVA

The England youth international caught the eye during his second loan spell at Charlton Athletic in 2017-18.

The 20-year-old defender made 44 appearances in all competitions for the Addicks, helping them reach the League One play-offs.

Dasilva was used predominantly as a left-back, which has been something of a problem position for Derby of late.

Will his performance in League One have convinced Lampard and co that he is ready for a crack at the Championship?

KASEY PALMER

Palmer is already well-known to Rams fans, having spent the second half of the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Pride Park.

The attacking midfielder displayed glimpses of what he could do, scoring a late equaliser against Leeds United followed by an early opener at Reading in the following game.

He also produced an impressive assist for Andreas Weimann in the 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers – but struggled for a starting spot under Gary Rowett.

With Rowett having left the club for Stoke City, could the new boss look to give Palmer another go to show exactly what he is capable of?

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