Derby County manager Frank Lampard will ask former club Chelsea for permission to play loanees Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori against their parent club in their Carabao Cup fourth found tie away at Stamford Bridge later this month.
England Under-21s Mount and Tomori have impressed since joining the Rams on-loan in the summer. They both started in their previous round’s tie against Manchester United, which the Championship side won 8-7 on penalties, as Lampard got the better of his former manager José Mourinho.
Lampard’s side next travel to the Blues at the end of the month on October 30. However, according to the competition’s regulations, loan players are ineligible to face their parent clubs unless a prior agreement has been met.
According to the Evening Standard, Lampard, who spent 13 seasons with the Blues, is keen to have the youngsters available for selection against Maurizio Sarri’s men, but ultimately conceded that the decision is in Chelsea’s hands.
Lampard is quoted as saying: “It is a conversation to be had and I think it is Chelsea-led because they are their players.
“I am pretty sure it will be Chelsea’s decision. I think everyone knows what my decision would be, so it will be up to them.”
19-year-old Mount has particularly impressed for Derby this season, with the midfielder scoring five goals in 13 appearances so far this season.