Derby County manager Frank Lampard has sung the praises of striker Jack Marriott ahead of their Wednesday night clash with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

Jack Marriott got off to a slow start to life at Pride Park after joining from Peterborough United this summer, as he spent the early stages of this season rebuilding his fitness levels.

However, it seems that the highly rated 24-year-old is back to his best. The striker scored his first goal for the club against Premier League giants Manchester United, coming off the bench to score late on in Derby County’s historic Carabao Cup win.

Marriott picked up his first League goal against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road prior to the international break, and added to his tally against Sheffield United on Saturday, directing a brilliant Craig Forsyth cross beyond Dean Henderson with 77 minutes gone.

Lampard told Derbyshire Live about how Marriott has impressed him in the early stages of his Derby County career.

“He loves practising and he’s improving because the more you practice, the more you improve,” Lampard said.

“He wants to practice after training every day and sometimes I have to hold him back. Other days I don’t because that’s what I used to do. 

“I love seeing that, and to see him do it makes me realise that if he keeps doing it he’s got every opportunity to have a big future.

“I knew there was work to do with him because each team has a different style. We play with a lone striker and he is used to playing with two, and that has been another part of the process since he has been here.

“He wants to learn, he wants to get better. He is a team player, too.”

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