De­ci­sion time loom­ing for Ikechi in the Jan­uary win­dow

Derby Telegraph - - SPORT -

IKECHI Anya could face a de­ci­sion over his fu­ture at Derby County next month, says man­ager Frank Lam­pard.

Anya has not fea­tured in the first team un­der Lam­pard. The 30-yearold Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional’s last ap­pear­ance for the Rams was in the fi­nal game of last sea­son when he started the sec­ond leg of the Cham­pi­onship play-off semi-fi­nal against Ful­ham at Craven Cot­tage.

He is train­ing with Derby’s un­der­23s and has played a few games for Dar­ren Was­sall’s team.

His con­tract runs un­til the sum­mer of 2020 but the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow might of­fer him the chance to go out and play some first-team foot­ball.

“Kechi is fit. He trains with the un­der-23s at the mo­ment and that is it,” said Lam­pard.

“He has to keep train­ing, and keep play­ing when he has got the op­por­tu­nity, and look at what he wants to do for the fu­ture, as well.

“Ob­vi­ously he hasn’t played (for the first-team this sea­son), and we all know that, so I think Jan­uary will be a de­ci­sion for him whether he wants to go and play foot­ball.”

Ikechi Anya

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