It didn’t take long for newly appointed Derby County manager Frank Lampard to be linked with multiple Chelsea loanees back in the summer — and sure enough, he grabbed Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, much to everyone’s benefit and delight — and now it’s hasn’t taken long for newly appointed Aston Villa assistant to the manager John Terry to be similarly involved in transfer rumors.
The real twist here is that he (well, Aston Villa) are set to battle it out with Lampard’s Derby County over Ethan Ampadu, who’s yet to play for Chelsea outside of preseason friendlies this season after making the surprise leap into the first team last season as one of the youngest players to ever play for the club.
According to the Birmingham Mail (and various others), both Villa and Derby are “considering” a January loan approach. Derby do have room for one more — maximum of three loanees allowed from one club — while Villa have room for two more to join Tammy Abraham.
Who might a third be for Villa? Probably not Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The in-form midfielder, who’s started picking up minutes since recovering from his latest injury but has also continued picking up transfer rumors, has been linked with a West Ham United loan instead. The Mirror got the ball rolling on this one, but it’s now been picked up far and wide at every red-top and every other color-top.
Most sources agree that this isn’t likely to happen, though the actual status ranges from “West Ham set to test Chelsea” (Mail) to “Sarri blocks loan move” (others). Meanwhile, RLC just over the weekend declared his staunch desire to stay and play, and he seems to be on the right track to do just that, so, for now, we can probably safely ignore all this nonsense.
Ampadu may be on his way, just so that he can gain minutes beyond just the U23 development squad, and maybe Hudson-Odoi, too, eventually (once his contract situation gets sorted), but Loftus-Cheek isn’t going anywhere. For now.