Derby County manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise on centre-back duo Richard Keogh and Fikayo Tomori for their impressive form throughout the 2018/19 Championship season.

Speaking to the Derby Telegraph after Derby County’s 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, manager Frank Lampard was full of praise for club captain Richard Keogh and loaned in centre-back Fikayo Tomori for their strong form over the course of this season.

“To be fair, Bolton didn’t really put us under any pressure but when they did it was snuffed out very quickly,” said the Rams manager.

“I thought Richard Keogh was outstanding, which has been a common thing this season. Any little breaks they had, he snuffed them out, the same with Tomori.

“Those two have been top drawer for us and I am sure they will be at the top of the list for any player-of-the-year competitions or votes within the club.”

And, the club’s fans seem to agree with Lampard. On Saturday night, Chelsea loanee Tomori was awarded the Derby County Supporters’ Club’s player of the year award, an award previously won by current players Richard Keogh and Scott Carson.

Keogh and Tomori have been the main centre-back partnership at Pride Park over the course of the season. Club skipper Keogh is yet to miss a Championship game so far this season, while Tomori has played in 39 games in the league. The pair have helped keep 11 clean sheets in all competitions, with either Scott Carson or Kelle Roos starting in between the sticks.


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