Thursday 22

Derby County

Rams boss pessimistic of bringing back loanees

20th July 2019, 15:10 by Bobbie Jackson

Phillip Cocu has played down the likelihood of bringing Harry Wilson, Mason Mount or Fikayo Tomori back to Derby this season.

Former Rams boss Frank Lampard drafted in the young trio last season and they all played a key role in helping Derby reach the Championship play-off final.

Tomori was solid at the back and his exploits saw him named Derby's Player of the Year, while Wilson and Mount hit 18 and 11 goals respectively.

All three have since returned to their parent clubs and, as it stands, they look set to compete for first-team football with Chelsea and Liverpool in 2019-20.

Cocu admits he is eager to strengthen his squad this summer but feels it will be tough to get those loaness back at Pride Park.

"If you look at the value of those players to the team last season, it was very big. But it will be very difficult, I think. I won't say impossible, but it will be hard," he said.

"We are still working to strengthen the team and there are a lot of possibilities still.

"I don't want to name any names yet, but we are trying to get some players in."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

More Derby County

Derby County

Rams star impresses boss and earns Maguire comparison

15th August 2019, 16:30

Derby boss Phillip Cocu says Krystian Bielik did well at centre-back against Scunthorpe United and Gianfranco Zola has compared the Pole to Harry Maguire.

Derby County

Rooney to ditch MLS for England return

6th August 2019, 14:40

Derby have completed the signing of Wayne Rooney from DC United on an 18-month deal from January 2020.

Derby County

Bielik can develop with Rams - Cocu

2nd August 2019, 17:28

Krystian Bielik will be a "good investment" for Derby after joining in a club-record deal from Arsenal, according to boss Phillip Cocu.

Derby County

Clarke joins Rams on loan

2nd August 2019, 12:30

Derby have bolstered their defensive ranks ahead of the new season following the acquisition of Matt Clarke on loan from Brighton.

Derby County

Jozefzoon eyes successful Derby season

1st August 2019, 13:51

Derby County forward Florian Jozefzoon has revealed the whole squad are eager to get the 2019/20 campaign up and running.

Recent Sport Headlines

Aston Villa

Elmohamady pens Villa extension

22nd August 2019, 14:10

Ahmed Elmohamady has expressed his delight after signing a one-year contract extension with Aston Villa.


Wilson delighted to be making up for lost time

22nd August 2019, 14:10

Bournemouth's Callum Wilson says his injury woes have helped shape him as a player and he is delighted to be back firing on all cylinders.

Manchester City

Kompany’s Anderlecht role redefined

22nd August 2019, 14:10

Vincent Kompany will no longer act as player-manager of Anderlecht on matchdays so he can focus on leading the team on the pitch.

West Ham United

Improvement the key for Pellegrini

22nd August 2019, 14:10

Manuel Pellegrini has played down expectations for the season as West Ham go in search of their first win of the campaign against Watford.

Tottenham Hotspur

Wanyama in line for Spurs exit

22nd August 2019, 14:10

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama is reportedly in talks with Club Brugge over a summer switch.

Aston Villa

Aston Villa v Everton Betting Preview

22nd August 2019, 13:10

Aston Villa, still searching for their first points, host Marco Silva's Everton in the Premier League's Friday night game.

Rugby Union

Byrne earns first Ireland call

22nd August 2019, 12:47

Fly-half Ross Byrne will make his first start for Ireland when they face England at Twickenham in Saturday's World Cup warm-up match.


Mina hails his ‘best form’ for Toffees

22nd August 2019, 12:40

Defender Yerry Mina believes he is playing his best football since he arrived at Everton having already formed a strong-looking partnership with Michael Keane.