Derby County head coach Frank Lampard has given his praise for Nick Blackman after the forward was loaned to Spanish second division side Real Sporting.
In a tweet from Derby County, Lampard claimed he was impressed with the decision of the 28-year-old striker ahead of his season-long loan away from Pride Park.
The tweet stated: “Lampard has praised @NBlackman89 for his desire to test himself in Spain with @RealSporting. #DCFC”.
Blackman, who signed for Derby County in January 2016, spent last season on loan at Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv, where he scored 10 goals in 31 appearances in the Israeli Premier League.
Lampard has a number of forwards at his disposal this season, with the likes of David Nugent and new signing Jack Marriott vying for places, leaving the Rams manager with tough decisions to make and Blackman down the pecking order.
Frank Lampard knew that Nick Blackman was unlikely to feature much this season, making the loan move to Real Sporting a clever one for all parties involved.
Giving the forward praise for making the move out there not only gives Blackman confidence, but also keeps the relationship between player and club on good terms, ahead of his return next season.
Derby County have started their season off with one win and one loss in the Championship so far, but will be hoping to pick up another three points against Millwall this weekend.