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Why Derby County will regret losing Reece Burke to Hull City

Derby County made a late bid to sign West Ham defender Reece Burke. Unfortunately for the Rams, the youngster has joined Hull City for an undisclosed fee. The 21-year-old is an academy product from West Ham, which is incidentally the club where Derby boss Frank Lampard began his footballing career.

Burke was loaned out to Bolton Wanderers last season and he impressed in the Championship. Hence, Lampard’s interest in him was understandable.

Let us take an in-depth look at the player and conclude as to why Derby should have signed him ahead of Hull City.

Player Analysis – Reece Burke

Country –  England

Age – 21

Main position  – Centre-Back

The 21-year-old is quite tall and extremely physical with a natural ability to shrug off centre-forwards with ease. His big stature allows him to win aerial duels without much fuss. In fact, he won an average of 3.1 aerial encounters per game in the Championship last season.

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Burke is defensively sound and his propensity to make recovery runs truly makes him an asset. Over the course of the last season, the player averaged a solitary tackle and 1.2 interceptions per game. Despite being so young, the centre-back is adept at reading the game to influence situations accordingly.

Like most Championship defenders, Burke exhibits a no-nonsense attitude while clearing balls out of dangerous areas. He had a clearance rate of 6.6 per game last season, which is quite a high number even for a centre-back.

Regardless of what system Lampard deploys, Burke could have played as one of the centre-backs and commanded the back line. Even at the tender age of 21, he can bark instructions to players ahead of him to perform their roles correctly.

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Burke boasts of massive potential to improve and become one of the best centre-backs in the upcoming seasons. Under a legend like Lampard, who hails from the same academy, Burke might have flourished better. Nevertheless, he is a great signing for the Tigers and it goes without saying that their team will be strengthened to a great extent by his presence.

As far as Derby are concerned, they must continue looking for options elsewhere.

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Best bet for the future? – Here is why Derby County should not hesitate to sign this teenage midfield ace



Derby County Opinion: Why the Rams should go all out for Ellis Chapman?

According to a report from Lincolnshire Live, Derby County, Wigan Athletic and Southampton are all interested in Lincoln City midfielder Ellis Chapman.

Ellis Chapman, 18, has emerged from the Lincoln City ranks in the last three years after he moved to Sincil Bank from Leicester City in 2016. He played 14 times in the League Two this season, as Lincoln romped to the title under Danny Cowley.

However, Chapman spent the second half out on loan to Chesterfield in the National League after the arrival of Mark O’Hara on loan from Peterborough in January had pushed him down the pecking order. The teenager had a successful time with Chesterfield, as he helped the club avoid relegation from the National League.

The young midfielder’s contract expires at the end of next season. In order to avoid losing him on the cheap, Lincoln might be forced to cash in this summer transfer window. That should prompt Derby County to take full advantage of the situation and beat the likes of Wigan and Southampton to Chapman’s signature in the summer.

Derby County sealed their spot at Wembley last night as they overcame Leeds United in an absolute thriller at Elland Road. At 2-0 down in the first half, the game looked dead and buried for the Rams.

But just before half-time, Frank Lampard made an attacking change by bringing on Jack Marriott. And that move worked wonders, as Marriott scored with arguably his first touch and claimed his second in the other half to seal a memorable 4-2 victory over Leeds.

A cracking performance from Lampard’s men at Elland Road has set up a mouthwatering playoff final with Aston Villa. Whatever happens at Wembley on May 27, Lampard needs to bring in reinforcements over the summer and must prioritise strengthening the midfield options.

Bradley Johnson and Tom Huddlestone are on the wrong side of 30, while Harry Wilson and Mason Mount are expected to return back to their parent clubs after the playoff finals. Thus, there’s a clear need for a couple of additions in midfield and Lampard would be wise to get a deal for Ellis Chapman done.

At Derby, Lampard has trusted the youngsters and in return, they have all repaid his faith. Chapman is a real talent and has got a massive potential to fulfil in the coming years. He has impressed playing for Lincoln and certainly looks capable of operating at a higher level in the future.

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The teenager could thrive under the guidance of Lampard, whilst bringing depth to the squad, which will be important if Derby earns promotion to the Premier League.


Thus, Derby must do everything possible to sign Chapman from Lincoln City, as the player’s potential and versatility could make him a long-term valuable asset at Pride Park.

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“All the spies are fading away”, “Let the emotions out”: Some Derby County fans react to epic 4-2 win vs Leeds + Match Report



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EFL Playoff Match Report: Leeds United 2-4 Derby County  (3-4 aggregate)

Derby County sparked a remarkable comeback in the second leg of the EFL Championship Playoff semi-final at Elland Road, as the Rams beat Leeds United 4-2 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate to set up a showdown with Aston Villa in the finals at Wembley on the 27th of May.

It was advantage Leeds in the first leg at Pride Park last week, with Kemar Roofe putting the Whites 1-0 ahead on aggregate. Derby were completely outplayed in the first leg and they came into the game knowing that they had a huge task on their hands away from home against Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

Derby started off as the brighter of the two teams and the Rams probably did a lot more in the first ten minutes than they had done in the entire ninety minutes at Pride Park last week. The visitors piled on the pressure in the opening stages of the game and threatened to make inroads into the Leeds backline, although neither team created any clear cut chances in the first twenty minutes or so.

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The tension between the two teams in such a high-octane clash was bound to rise and the triple yellow card incident involving Pablo Hernandez, Tom Lawrence and Scott Malone was the beginning of an eventful ninety minutes at Elland Park, which finally went Derby’s way.

It was Leeds, however, who had the first breakthrough. Kalvin Phillips’ perfectly flighted free-kick bounced inside the box, eluded all the men and came back off the post before Stuart Dallas turned in the rebound from five yards out to put Leeds 1-0 up on the night and 2-0 on aggregate.

Mateusz Klich and Mason Bennett hit the woodwork over the next 20 minutes or so before Derby finally got themselves back in the tie, thanks to an error of communication between Kiko Casilla and Liam Cooper. Both the went for the ball but neither managed to get it cleared and substitute Jack Marriott made it 1-1 on aggregate.

That goal before halftime was a massive boost to Derby County, with the Rams carrying the momentum into the interval. And Lampard’s men finally managed to get the lead in the tie inside the first minute of the second half when Richard Keogh’s surge forward and Harry Wilson’s slick pass set it up for Mason Mount, who found the net despite stumbling and going to ground.

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With the travelling Derby fans at Elland Road making all the noise, the Rams were clearly on the front foot and joy turned to ecstasy when referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot for Liam Cooper’s foul on Mason Bennett. Harry Wilson sent Casilla the wrong way and made it 3-1 in favour of the Rams.

Leeds carried a 1-goal advantage coming into the game and the Whites knew that they just needed one goal to get back into the tie. And it was Stuart Dallas who cut inside from the right to slot it past Kelle Roos after Mateusz Klich had played him behind with a fine touch.

With the tie locked 3-3 on aggregate, both the teams went hammer and tongs at each other, but a red card incident involving Gaetano Berardi turned the tie in Derby’s favour. Berardi was sent off for a second bookable offence,as the defender lunged wildly into Bradley Johnson in an attempt to retrieve the ball.

There was more drama to unfold though, with Derby on the front foot and Leeds down to ten men. Harry Wilson hit the post from inside the box but it was a slick passing move that sealed the tie for the Rams and booked their berth in the finals.

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Richard Keogh surged forward with pace and picked out Mason Mount, who charged at the Leeds backline and popped it back to the Irishman. Keogh showed good awareness to pick out the run of Jack Marriott, who sparked off wild celebrations amongst the Derby fans with a lovely dinked finish over Casilla to make it 4-3 on aggregate with just 5 minutes to go.

Scott Malone saw a red card in injury time and Izzy Brown blazed high and wide from the resultant free-kick but the Rams, and Frank Lampard, in particular, have every reason to be overjoyed with his wonderful comeback.

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While Derby are just one game away from making a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2007-08, it will be difficult for Leeds to put this massive disappointment behind them, as the wait for promotion at Elland Road continues for yet another year.

Here’s how some of the joyous Derby fans reacted to this incredible victory

Incredible scenes! 😲🐏

Congrats to Frank Lampard and our partner club @dcfcofficial. You’re off to Wembley!! 💪👏

Thanks for all your support this season and good luck in the final 🙌#LEEDER #Derby #Rams #playoffs
— Prostate Cancer UK (@ProstateUK) May 15, 2019

Wow, now that was AMAZING I was there, the day we lost at Leeds away (2-0) and they sang “you’ll f*ck it up” well Leeds who’s f*cking it up now? GET IN DERBY!!!! #rams #LEEDER #LUFCvDCFC #bhafc
— Nathan Berry (@njcb03) May 15, 2019

Good luck Super Frank💙👏🏻

— LordTomi (@T0mi21) May 15, 2019

Derby fans on their way home from Leeds. #LEEDER
— BermondseyBoy (@BermondseyBoy68) May 15, 2019

That’s it Richard. Let the emotion out. #LEEDER
— Panini Cheapskates (@CheapPanini) May 15, 2019

It’s Terry vs Lampard Play-off Final#LEEDER
— TheRealistic (@DeRealistic) May 15, 2019

Brilliantly refereed by Anthony Taylor. Never stopped moving to get himself great views. Made big calls unhesitatingly and unerringly. Quality under unimaginable pressure. #LEEDER
— Mick Dennis (@MickDennisReal) May 15, 2019

Now all of the spies, are fading away,
Try not to worry, you’ll go up some day.

You cheated at home,
You cheated away.
You were top of the league and you threw it away.

Stop spying Bielsa. Stop spying Bielsa.#LEEDER
— Macca 🌚 (@Macca_ISZ) May 15, 2019

Show me a more likeable person in football than Frank Lampard. Probably the greatest man alive #LEEDER— Gully Burrows (@gully_burrows) May 15, 2019

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No Mason Mount, no problem – Derby County’s midfield woes would be solved by signing this agile 19-year-old



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Derby County Opinion: Rams should try and win the race for David Turnbull

According to reports from Bristol Post, playoff contenders Derby County, Bristol City and recently-relegated Cardiff City are all interested in Scottish starlet David Turnbull.

Bristol Post understands that all the aforementioned clubs had scouts in attendance for Motherwell’s 2-0 defeat to St. Johnstone on Saturday to keep tabs on 19-year-old breakout star David Turnbull.

A product of Motherwell’s youth system, Turnbull broke into the first-team last season and was used sporadically but the talented teenager has really come of age in the Scottish Premiership this term.

Turnbull has enjoyed a hugely- impressive breakthrough season at Motherwell in the Scottish top-flight, establishing himself as a regular under manager Steve Robinson and earning rave reviews for his performances.

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Turnbull has made eyeballs turn in his first full season, contributing with 9 goals and 5 assists from 25 league appearances for Motherwell, numbers which are quite remarkable for a central midfielder. It is not surprising to see why he is rated so highly at his boyhood club and his red-hot form has already prompted the EFL Championship clubs to come circling around like sharks.

The 19-year-old has represented Scotland at all youth levels from U16 to U21, earning a total of 7 caps for his nation at all youth levels comprised and his successful breakthrough season has put him in the reckoning for a call-up to the senior squad.

Essentially a central midfielder by trade, Turnbull has the versatility to play in a more attacking role further up the pitch and also as a left-sided midfielder on the flanks.

To put things into perspective, Turnbull has a really impressive profile for a player of his age and he looks like a real talent at this point of his career.

Given that he has been in a scintillating run of form in the Scottish Premiership this season, one would expect him to acclimatise to the EFL Championship in due course of time and Derby County can certainly look at him as a wonderful long-term investment.

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Derby secured the final playoff spot in the Championship with a last-ditch 3-1 victory over West Brom on the final day but the Rams suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Leeds United in the first leg of the playoff semi-finals.

Frank Lampard’s side still have a chance of making it to the finals to face Aston Villa at Wembley, as the Rams look to make a return to the top-flight for the first time since 2007-08.

The Rams have relied heavily on their loanees Fikayo Tomori, Harry Wilson and Mason Mount to propel them to the playoffs this season.

It might sound a bit harsh but their own players, barring Jayden Bogle, Bradley Johnson and a few others, haven’t done enough to help the club and that is something that needs to change if Derby are to hit greater heights in the foreseeable future.

Bringing in a talented youngster like David Turnbull should certainly help their cause, irrespective of whether they make it to the Premier League or stay in the Championship to challenge for promotion. Bradley Johnson has done pretty well in central midfield but Derby currently do not have much quality in their midfield options.

Craig Forsyth is out of contract in the summer while Tom Huddlestone has just more than a year remaining on his current contract after triggering an extension.

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The departure of Mason Mount is going to weaken the side to a large extent but Max Bird is a player who they can look up to in the coming days.

It doesn’t look like Duane Holmes’ potential is going to be fulfilled at Pride Park and the Rams need to look at other young players in the market to bolster their ranks. The likes of Joe Ledley and Leicester City loanee Andy King hasn’t played a significant role under Lampard due to fitness problems and Derby should start looking elsewhere.

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David Turnbull has shown strong signs of excellence very early in his career and Derby could have a gem in their hands if they manage to strike a deal for the 19-year-old Scottish youth international this summer.

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