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Frank Lampard heaps praise on Derby forward ahead of Aston Villa clash

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Derby boss Frank Lampard faces a potential selection dilemma ahead of his side’s game against Aston Villa this weekend at Pride Park. 

The Rams come into the game in a good run of form after beating Birmingham last weekend and a young forward certainly took his chance in the side and will be hoping to feature this weekend against Dean Smith’s team.

Mason Bennett was an early first-half substitute for Lampard’s side, replacing the injured Martyn Waghorn, and it didn’t take the 22-year-old long to make an impact on the game.

He netted the equaliser which set the Rams on their way to a 3-1 win over the Blues which saw them strengthen their position in the play-offs.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of their game against Villa, Lampard praised the Bennett’s work ethic and is confident he can build on his first goal of the season for the promotion chasing Rams.

“I am asking him to play on the right wing and do a lot of defensive work as well, so it is not always easy. Hopefully that (goal) will be really good for his confidence because I have seen the ability and desire in Mason, and I love it. I love his attitude for the game.

“Hopefully that goal is the first of more to come.”

The Derby boss also stated that Bennett is a classic example of a player that he wants in his side as they seek a return to the Premier League.

“This is what we need, because it is a long season and you need players that are always ready, who train well and that are hungry for the team.”

It is sure to be a closely-fought encounter between the two sides at the weekend and Bennett will hope that he can play a vital part in getting a positive result for the Rams and for the rest of their season.

The Verdict 

Bennett has given Derby fans a glimpse of his exciting potential and he can only get better, which will please both Lampard and the Derby supporters.

If he is given a fair chance in Derby’s side this season, then I think he could play a vital part in their bid for promotion, as I would be stunned to see the Lampard’s side finish outside the top six when the season concludes in May.

Thoughts, Derby fans? Let us know in the comments below.

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