Derby County kick-off their Championship campaign at away to Reading this Friday night with a number of new signings looking to make their debut.
Frank Lampard has overhauled parts of his squad as they look to banish the disappointment of season’s past and finally make the step back up to the Premier League.
New manager Lampard’s first signing since taking over from Gary Rowett was Mason Mount.
The 19-year-old moved from Chelsea on a season-long loan and is a player who is highly related at Stamford Bridge.
Mount re-joins former youth coach at the Blues and now Derby assistant Jody Morris, who knows all about that they young attacking midfielder can do.
This could be a breakout season for the young Englishman after a successful loan spell in Holland with Vitesse Arnhem.
In 38 appearances, Mount scored 14 goals, and will now look to take that form into the Championship for his first take of first-team football in England.
Is Mount a guaranteed starter in the Rams’ season opener against Reading this Friday night?
Yes, I think he is.
His record in the Netherlands last season was excellent and he hasn’t been loaned out by Chelsea to sit next to Frank all season.
He’s a special talent and with a decent season under his belt, he might be getting acquainted with Gareth Southgate fairly soon.
Mount looks an incredible talent and has been playing a fair amount in pre-season for Lampard’s side.
His creativity and dynamism could hurt Reading on Friday.
I’m not sure he is guaranteed a start but he will fancy his chances in the number 10 role with Matej Vydra carrying a slight knock and being linked with a move away.
Lampard would have watched Mount over pre-season and judged whether he warrants a starting place.
But he might look to slowly blood his new players in so Mount could start the season with a bench role.
After an impressive pre-season, it’d be a real surprise if he doesn’t start.
He is someone who Lampard is clearly a big fan of and looks set to be a real focal point of Derby’s season in attack.