EFL Championship outfit Derby County have appointed former England midfielder and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard as the new manager of the club.
The Rams saw former manager Gary Rowett leave the Pride Park a week ago as he took over the reins at the recently relegated Stoke City. They have now brought in former the Chelsea midfielder to carry on from where Rowett left them. Derby finished the 2017/18 campaign placed 6th in the table but were beaten by Fulham in the playoff semifinals.
Lampard will be hoping to do one better in his first ever managerial job. How he goes about in the transfer market is likely to have a big say in how the season shapes up for him and Derby.
There will be new players coming in but the former Chelsea captain will also need to cut out the unwanted players from the squad. Here are three such players that Derby should look to sell this summer.
The 29-year-old striker is wanted by Steve McClaren, who was recently appointed as the manager of QPR. Derby should look to cash in on the player this summer. Martin has been at the club since 2013, when he arrived from Norwich City and has gone on to make 188 appearances, scoring 64 goals in the process.
However, the Scottish international struggled for form this season and managed just a single Championship strike in 21 games in the first half of the campaign, before leaving for Reading on loan during the winter window.
Martin failed to make an impression during his time with the Royals as well, netting just one goal and assisting one more. His performances have been on the wane over the past couple of seasons and while he has done a great job for Derby, it seems the time is ripe for the club to let him leave this summer.
The former Scotland international spent the 2017/18 campaign away on loan at promotion winners Cardiff City and had established himself as a key player for Neil Warnock’s side, so much so that the Bluebirds are understood to be keen on making the move permanent.
Bryson has been with the Rams for seven years now, having joined the club back in 2011 from Scottish side Kilmarnock FC and has gone on to amass 246 appearances for the club during that time.
However, given the number of options in the midfield at Derby and considering the fact that the 31-year-old has just a year left on his contract with the club, the Rams should consider cashing in on him this summer.
Signed from Reading back in January 2016, the 28-year-old never really brought his A-game to the table at the Pride Park. Having gone without a goal for the rest of the 2015/16 season, Blackman managed just a solitary strike in 13 appearances in the following campaign.
His poor returns saw Derby ship him out on loan to Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel Aviv last summer, where he had a decent season, netting 8 times in 25 appearances. He has hinted that he would be happy to return to the club next season.
Blackman has just a year left on his contract with the Rams and given how things have failed to click for him at the Pride Park, they would be better off selling him this summer rather than risk losing him for nothing a year later.