Former Derby County Man Issues His Verdict On Premier League Legend

Former Derby County defender Andre Wisdom has issued his verdict and discussed what it was like to play under current interim Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, speaking on The Beautiful Game Podcast.

Speaking on The Beautiful Game Podcast, where he discussed much of his career, Andre Wisdom has labelled his time with the Rams under Lampard as ‘weird’ and suggested that the two did not click during his time at the club. 

Wisdom joined the club from Liverpool on loan in 2013, after returning permanently in 2017 for a fee of £4.5 million, the English defender spent four years at the club, playing under Lampard for one season.

Wisdom’s career.

The right-back spent much of his career on the books at Liverpool, but would never break into the first team despite a number of loan spells. He would eventually depart for Derby in 2017, spending one season under Lampard during a run which saw them reach the play-off final, falling to defeat against Aston Villa at Wembley. 

Despite that defeat, Lampard would still find himself managing in the Premier League the following season as he would take charge at Chelsea, the club he spent most of his career at.

In June 2020, Wisdom was in the news, as he was robbed while visiting family in Liverpool, an attack which would see the defender stabbed in the head and buttocks, he was fortunate, however, as these injuries would not be life-threatening.

Time at Derby.

During the 2018/19 season under the English boss, the right-back would not get much of a chance in the squad, making just 13 appearances in the impressive run the side had, totalling 836 minutes in 11 appearances in the league throughout that season, as well as just over 90 minutes in two FA Cup appearances. He would not be named in the squad for any of the playoff games.

The following two seasons would spell a better stint in the team for Wisdom, making 56 appearances in the league for the Rams. Despite the increase in first-team football, he would depart Derby in July 2021, shortly after the side was relegated to League One after a torrid season which saw the club start with a 12 point deduction.

What’s been said?

During his appearance on The Beautiful Game Podcast, Wisdom was very open about his career and his time working under the interim Chelsea boss.

“It didn’t feel like I was at football. I think what kind of threw me was the fact it was Frank Lampard. I don’t want it to be misinterpreted but it was not like I was in awe.”

“But I think I expected something that I wasn’t getting. I just expected more from him as a man.”

“It was nothing to do really with football. It was more about me as a person which was very strange to me.”

“As a player, he was a don. We just didn’t click.”

Writers View

Wisdom enjoyed a spell of time with the Rams, but the game time did not seem to come under Lampard. It is no surprise to hear the right-back say he expected more from the former Chelsea midfielder as a manager, as this is something many expected that he has so far been unable to deliver on.


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