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10/05/2019 - 11:49 BST

Definitely Good Enough – Ashley Cole Backs Derby Duo For Chelsea First Team Involvement


Derby County defender Ashley Cole has insisted that Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori are good enough to be part of Chelsea’s first team squad next season.

Frank Lampard signed the duo from Chelsea on season-long loan deals last summer and they both have impressed during their stints at Pride Park.


Mount, an attacking midfielder, has scored ten goals this season in all competitions for Derby and Tomori, a centre-back, has emerged as the club’s Player of the Year.

The duo will return to Chelsea in the summer after playing a full season at a promotion chasing club and Cole has nothing but nice things to say about them.


The left-back believes both Mount and Tomori have brought a tough mental outlook from Chelsea and are willing to work hard in order to make it in football.

The Chelsea legend is certain that both have the talent to be first team squad members at Stamford Bridge next season and now it is up to the Blues to give them the required run in the team in order to develop further.

Speaking about the two Chelsea youngsters, Cole told the Daily Telegraph: “It’s their attitudes that stand out. You see a lot of young players who have not made it, not playing with the first team, and they are a little bit big-time.


“But these kids have got good heads on their shoulders, they want to learn.

"They want to listen, they train hard and want to improve every day and that’s what you want.

“I think Chelsea has definitely installed that in them.

"They’ve come out on loan and Chelsea have said it’s down to you to prove yourself.

“For me, both of them have proved themselves and they are definitely good enough to be in the Chelsea squad.

“We could be asking for another five years ‘are they good enough?’, but until you play them no-one will ever know.

“Maybe they will excel when put in that position to play five games in a row for Chelsea.

"That is the only way they will improve.”

Chelsea have often been criticised for not trusting in youth, but with a potential transfer ban on the horizon, the Blues may need to draw on their own resources.