Frank Lampard heaps praise on David Nugent after pre-season showing

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise on David Nugent after the Englishman stood out during the club’s pre-season program. The 33-year-old has shown exceptional form since returning from the season-break and he contributed a goal and an assist during the recent 2-1 triumph over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Pride Park.

Speaking after the Wolves game, Lampard was full of praise for the former Leicester City man and was pleased that the veteran lead by example up front, he said: “David Nugent pre-season, wow! From the moment that we came in we have been amazed at his work rate in training every day, the smile on his face and his professionalism.He has been incredible in terms of running the line and every day in training he is the same.You almost want to tell him to slow down sometimes, because he will chase everything.You need somebody like that up there.”

Frank Lampard raves about Derby County’s summer signings

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has revealed his delight after the club secured the signings of Mason and Harry Wilson from Chelsea and Liverpool respectively. The duo have joined the Rams on season-long loan deals for the campaign and Lampard has hailed their characters ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “Two players that I’ve chased because I know the qualities they have. I know Mason first hand from Chelsea and Jody (Morris) worked closely with him in the Chelsea youth team. Followed him there and to Vitesse last season, where he had a fantastic season. Creative, plays from central midfield, an attacking sense, full of energy and scores and create goals.Harry, everyone saw what he did last season with Hull in the Championship. Both of them great characters and I think they are both going to bring so much to us hopefully.”

Frank Lampard wants Matej Vydra to stay

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has highlighted his ambition to keep hold of Matej Vydra amid the speculation surrounding the Czech international. The 26-year-old was the Ram’s highest scorer last season with 21 goals in the Championship and Lampard is eager for the player for the stay put beyond the summer.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: “There is a lot of speculation but he is still our player.We will see, but while he performs as well as he did last year, with the level of goals, I expect him to stay.” Meanwhile, Lampard confirmed that Vydra would play no part against Notts County in the maiden pre-season game after failing to recover from a groin problem, he added:“Unfortunately, he hasn't been able to train with us. But he should be integrating back with the squad next week and then I will look at him. He is a top-quality player, without a doubt, and if he is here then that's great for us.”

Frank Lampard sets his season aim with Derby County

Frank Lampard has stressed that Derby County will be aiming for promotion during his maiden season in management. The Chelsea great was handed the head coach position at the end of the previous month and he has since been away on media duties for the ongoing World Cup finals in Russia.

Despite this, Lampard is quite clear about his ambition for next season and he is hoping to guide the club to promotion at the first time of asking. He told The Derby Telegraph: “From the first day of pre-season, my aim when I talk to the squad is that we want to be successful, and that means promotion. I am not saying we will get there, but it has to be the aim at the start of the season. I’m here to succeed and be competitive, that’s something I’ve had in my career, fortunately, from being in very strong teams. At the start of the season, our aim was always to be the best we can be. Normally, that was winning titles.”

Frank Lampard backs Mikel Arteta for the Arsenal job

Chelsea favourite Frank Lampard has backed Mikel Arteta to make an impression, should he be appointed as Arsenal’s next manager. The Spaniard is currently the leading candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger as the Gunners head coach despite having no managerial experience, barring his short time at Manchester City where he has acted as an assistant coach.

As such, there has been mixed reactions among the Gunners’ faithful, though Lampard is said to favour the prospective deal. “It is always encouraging to see a club give a young, up-and-coming coach a chance and Arteta has got what it takes to do a fine job,” he wrote in his Evening Standard column this week. “Some will question his experience but he knows Arsenal very well from his time there as a player, while he is an intelligent man with a huge interest in tactics. He has worked under Pep Guardiola as his assistant for the last two years and that cannot be underestimated. He will have learnt so much.”

Frank Lampard Believes Liverpool Are The Best European Team This Season

Chelsea favourite Frank Lampard believes Liverpool have been by far the most impressive team in the Champions League this season. The Merseyside giants booked their place in the final of the competition against Real Madrid on Wednesday night after they beat AS Roma by a 7-6 scoreline across both legs.

Frank Lampard Compares Leroy Sane To Manchester United Legend

Frank Lampard has compared to Leroy Sane with Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs ahead of Manchester City’s Champions League clash against Liverpool. The Germany international has grown as a player during the ongoing campaign, and he has already amassed 13 goals for the club across all competitions.

Frank Lampard Believes Arsenal Have Been Punished For Transfer Decision

Chelsea favourite Frank Lampard believes manager Arsene Wenger has been punished for his poor decisions during the course of the season. The French tactician has reinforced the Arsenal attack in the past two transfer windows, but this has not encouraged progress with the club still possessing vulnerabilities at the back.

Paul Pogba could 'damage' Manchester United - Frank Lampard

Chelsea favourite Frank Lampard believes Paul Pogba could potentially damage Manchester United unless he manages to find the discipline in his game. The France international joined the Red Devils from Juventus during the summer of 2016, and he has since struggled to put in consistent performances under Jose Mourinho.

Ray Wilkins would like one of John Terry or Frank Lampard managing Chelsea

Former Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins believes John Terry and Frank Lampard should get a shot at managing the Blues at sometime in the future. Lampard called time on his professional career earlier this year whilst Terry is currently plying his trade in the Championship with Aston Villa., who are vying for top-flight promotion.

In a report covered by The Mail, Wilkins believes the club's legends should be offered a chance to impress, should the managerial vacancy prop up in the coming seasons, he said: "Why not?" They took a chance with AVB [Andre Villas-Boas] all those years ago. Why not give it to them and let them have a bash at it? They know the club inside out, they are absolutely adored by everybody at the football club and it can only be a good thing that those two are given half an opportunity."

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