Phillip Cocu believes Mason Bennett’s loan move to Millwall is an opportunity for the 23-year-old to make a step in his individual development.

The 23-year-old forward today linked up with the Lions in a loan deal which will run until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

Bennett, a graduate of Derby’s Academy system, had been on the fringes of the Rams’ starting XI this season prior to sustaining an ankle injury in November.

He made nine appearances in the first half of the campaign, although he managed to record just 43 minutes of action from the end of August onwards.

Cocu feels that Bennett, who holds the record for being Derby’s youngest-ever player, will benefit from the prospect of playing on a regular basis.

Speaking to RamsTV, he said: “I think it is very important for him now in this moment of this career that he will play many games now.

“He struggled quite a lot with his fitness earlier in the season but he is a player with potential from the club so hopefully he does well.

“If he plays every week or even twice a week so he can make a step in his development.”

Bennett’s loan move to The Den has seen him link up with former Derby boss Gary Rowett.