Frank Lampard hails ‘winner’ Ashley Cole’s impact at Derby

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Ashley Cole of Derby County celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Derby County at Amex Stadium on February 16, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Derby County boss Frank Lampard praised the impact Ashley Cole has made since joining his team in January.

The 38-year-old previously played alongside Lampard for Chelsea and England, where the duo managed to win the Premier League, four FA Cups along with both the Champions League and Europa League.

Upon being released by LA Galaxy in December, Lampard called up Cole to return to England and join him at Championship side Derby in order to aid them in their promotional bid for Premier League football next season.

The left-back took no time in taking up Lampard on his offer and signed up for Derby during the January transfer window and has since made four appearances.

Cole scored his first Derby goal in their fifth-round FA Cup clash with Brighton last month and has left Lampard impressed by the influence he’s had on the team both on and off the pitch.

“In terms of being a winner and being around the block and bringing an experience to the group – and we are quite a young group in a lot of ways this year,” Lampard told talkSPORT.

“I just felt that, not just playing-wise because Ashley is always going to be helpful to me playing-wise, but the way he is as someone who is going to help us.

DERBY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: David Nugent of Derby challenges Trevoh Chalobah of Ipswich during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County v Ipswich Town at Pride Park Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Derby, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Nugent is proud of Derby County’s determination

The team will play against Aston Villa in the English Championship Playoff Final at Wembley Stadium for a chance to participate in the Premier League.

“And it’s been that way – his work ethic has rubbed off instantly on the players.

“For the players to see someone who has won the lot, but be humble, be first in at training and working on his game by putting pressure on himself day in and day out.

“And then to be vocal in team meetings and speak the truth and stand up and say things in front of people has been brilliant for me to have a player that can send that message to the players.

“So that’s been great and I’ve enjoyed working with him in that sense and it’s not been a problem the transition from playing together and then him being a player while I’m managing.”

In his first season as a manager, Lampard has won 20 of his 44 matches in charge of Derby along with securing 11 draws and 13 defeats in the process.

The Rams are currently in the final promotional playoff spot in sixth-place in the Championship table.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Frank Lampard of Derby County gives instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at City Ground on February 25, 2019 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

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