Some Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to comment at the prospect of signing Ethan Ampadu on loan.

New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard told the Blues’ official Twitter account how Ampadu is free to go out on loan this season. The 18-year-old has bags of ability and is surly going to be a player in-demand.

But some would argue Lampard owes Derby a favour or two. The Rams handed the former Chelsea midfielder his first role in management. And arguably more importantly, they didn’t stand in his way when the London club came calling.

Here is how some Derby fans reacted to the news:

Would Derby County be a good fit for Ethan Ampadu?

Derby have proven to be a good place for Premier League clubs to send their top youngsters on loan. Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Liverpool’s Harry Wilson all improved as players last season.

Ampadu joined Chelsea from Exeter City three years ago. He is widely regarded as one of the club’s most promising youngsters, but he lacks first-team experience.

The Rams are in a strong position to offer the player regular football. Ampadu is capable of playing at both centre-back and as a holding midfielder, and Derby are light in both areas.

Newly-appointed Rams manager Phillip Cocu has a good history of working with young players. Moreover, he has been brought in by owner Mel Morris with the idea of carrying on Lampard’s good work.

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Lampard can feel confident Derby will continue to play the possession-based style he implemented last season. Also, the experience of a promotion race would stand Ampadu in good stead for the future.

It’s a potential signing which seemingly makes sense for all parties involved. Derby, however, may face competition from the Premier League while ultimately the choice will belong to the player.

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