Cerra has been linked to a switch back to Victoria at season's end as his contract expires, with the Blues, Bombers and Tigers all reportedly showing interest in the gun midfielder.
The 21-year-old was drafted to the Western Australian club when Lyon was at the helm of the Dockers and has enjoyed strong campaigns under current coach Justin Longmuir.
When speaking on Triple M, Lyon lauded Cerra's work rate and ability, and said there would be some desire to return to his home state.
“He was an absolute pro. He and Andy Brayshaw, if you talk about applying yourself you couldn’t have asked for more dedicated. They had some fun but trained hard and just wanted to be great players,” Lyon said.
“For me, seeing how close he is with his parents and his family (says there’s a pull). I think it’s a bit about the success as well. They probably would’ve expected to have moved the needle a little bit more than they have I would think.
“I know he’s started to play some good games but he hasn’t popped like Brayshaw has I think it’d be fair to say. He’s brave, dedicated and reads the game."
“If Carlton could get him - who’s a likely one to go home? Zac Fisher or Sam Petrevski-Seton. This is no slight on those players because I know Cerra intimately but I’d take Cerra every day of the week. He’s a bona fide mid, and the other two aren’t.”
Cerra is yet to make an official call on his future, and could be on the end of offers from rival clubs in the vicinity of $750,000-per-year.
The Blues will be looking to secure the services of captain Patrick Cripps before the off-season arrives, with the star midfielder also a product from Western Australia.
Carlton were able to secure the services of Coleman Medal leader Harry McKay last week in what was a major retention signing for the club.