Cash-strapped Derby County will need to be shrewd in the summer transfer window with owner Mel Morris keen to keep a close eye on spending.
But one place the Rams might look to for their transfers is Chelsea, having appointed Blues legend Frank Lampard as their new manager, following Gary Rowett’s decision to move to Stoke City.
Lampard’s links with Chelsea will inevitably lead to all sorts of speculation and one player he could target is winger Charly Musonda.
The former Real Betis and Celtic loanee is still not quite ready for first-team action at Stamford Bridge and a loan move to the Championship could appeal to all parties.
Here, we look at his stats from the 2017/18 season and weigh up whether Derby should sign him on loan.
Musonda weighed in with an impressive tally of four goals and three assists during his 29 games for last season.
With an average of two shots per game and a pass success rate of 85 per cent, it is clear that he is a major attacking threat from the wings.
With speed and skill too, Musonda could be the creative spark that Derby need to push themselves into play-off contention once again next season.
The 21-year-old needs some regular playing time for his own development, Chelsea need him to impress next season to convince them to keep him and Derby would reap the short-term benefits.
Given the fact that Morris is unwilling to spend much on transfer fees, a swoop for the Belgium under-21 international on loan seems a sensible option for all parties.
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