The 2018/19 campaign will see the dawn of a new era at Derby County Football Club as ex-Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard cuts his teeth in management at the Sky Bet Championship outfit.
The Rams have gone down the tried and tested route in previous years and it quite simply hasn’t worked out, with the club’s latest failure in the quest for promotion coming in the shape of a defeat to Fulham in the play-off semi-final last season.
In previous years the East Midlands-based club have tried to use their financial muscle to earn promotion to the Premier League and with Derby possessing one of the higher wage budgets in the Championship, Lampard could be forced to operate within much tighter constraints ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
On that basis, the former England international might be forced to utilise his contacts within the game to try and entice cheaper options to the football club, as Lampard looks to ensure his Rams side remain competitive at the top end of the table.
With Curtis Davies reportedly interesting former Derby boss Gary Rowett at Stoke City, there could be a situation where the Rams’ manager needs to fill a big void at the heart of his defence.
John Terry will naturally get linked heavily with the Rams given his friendship with ex-team mate Lampard, but one man who could save the club a pound or two is Wigan Athletic defender Dan Burn.
The 26-year-old played all but one of the Latics’ league fixtures last season and he was an integral part of Paul Cook’s side that won the League One title and reached the last eight of the FA Cup.
Terry would represent a short-term solution to the Rams and indeed he might still do a job for the club. Burn, however, would give Derby some real long-term value and he could go on to become a real star at the heart of Lampard’s defensive unit.
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