Over at Derby County, Chelsea loanees Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have quickly become integral parts to the team’s success, including in the League Cup, where they pulled off the biggest upset of round three by eliminating Manchester United at Old Trafford.
As fat would have it, they now have to face Chelsea in the next round, meaning that Frank Lampard, after measuring himself against this former mentor, now gets to take on his former team. But whether he’ll be able to call on Mount and Tomori is unknown at this point.
We’re used to the stipulation that loanees cannot face their parent teams (see: Kenedy this season, Zouma last season, etc.), but that’s actually just a Premier League rule.
[...] during the period of the Temporary Transfer of his contract registration a Player shall not play against the Transferor Club
-Premier League Handbook; Section V, Rule V.7.2
In League Cup matches, there is a possible exception to the rule and it is possible for Chelsea to give “written consent” and the only stipulation from then on is that those players cannot represent the parent club in the same competition later that season. Since that’s highly unlikely for either loanee, there’s little reason to deny them this opportunity.
Can Mason Mount & Fikayo Tomori, on loan from Chelsea to Derby, play when the sides meet in the EFL Cup? Here are the competition rules: in essence, it's up to Chelsea. Though, if they do, they can't go on to play for Chelsea in the competition, in the same season. pic.twitter.com/PmESqQeTys— Dan Levene (@danlevene) September 30, 2018
The one additional potential complication is that this consent would’ve had to have been given at the start of the loan. It cannot be agreed or changed now, after the fact of the draw.
To be clear, they'd have to have agreed it in the loan deal when the move happened, it can't be done after the fact. https://t.co/zWBQEwR5zV— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) September 29, 2018
Chelsea faced a similar but even bigger decision a few years ago when the question of Thibaut Courtois playing again his parent club came up in the 2012 Super Cup as well as the 2013-14 Champions League semifinals. In both instances, Courtois was able to face Chelsea (and win, even).
Chelsea have faced a similar situation before. Rules much the same in 2012 UEFA Super Cup: when the club permittted Thibaut Courtois to play for Atletico Madrid v Chelsea. CL semi situation 2yrs later was slightly different: Courtois played after UEFA deemed he must be able to.— Dan Levene (@danlevene) September 30, 2018
With a month to go until this fixture, there’s plenty of time to figure out whether Mount and Tomori can play at Stamford Bridge. Hopefully the answer is ‘yes’.