Leeds United have been linked with a move for Fikayo Tomori and Noel Whelan believes that he could be a good signing for the club.
Whelan’s comments on Tomori
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “He’s aggressive, he’s good on the ball, he’s got a great leap, he’s got a good stature about him – I would not grumble getting him in in January if that was the case.
“When you’re looking at bringing people in, you’ve got to bring people in that are going to contribute and who can be better than what you’ve already got.
“Right now, we’ve got a long-term injury in Robin Koch, we’ve got Llorente, who may be coming back in two to three weeks, but we’re gonna still need cover because Koch is a long term injury.
“It’s going to take him a bit of time to get over that, then get back to fitness and then get back up to speed with Marcelo Biela so we’re going to need to experience – a player that’s played already in the Premier League, knows all about it and knows about the league itself and the teams you’re gonna be playing against.
“Tomori’s one player, if you’re going to look out there, young, he ticks the boxes for Marcelo Bielsa so I wouldn’t grumble at bringing him in if he is available.”
Should Leeds look to sign the defender?
A loan would be a good idea for Leeds, because they can decide whether to pursue him permanently and see if he fits when the injured players return.
In one of his performances last season, Tomori was praised by Garth Crooks, who said: “This performance by the Chelsea youngster was outstanding and his goal only tells half the story.”
Last season, the 22-year-old impressed in his 15 Premier League appearances for Chelsea. He managed 1.9 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 2.8 clearances a game (WhoScored). This shows that he was very good at breaking up opposition attacks at the back. Howeve,r he has struggled for game time this season, only featuring three times.
With Koch and Gaetano Berardi on the sidelines for the foreseeable, the club’s defence is a huge issue for Bielsa and it would be much less of a risk if the club went for someone like Tomori on loan rather than a defender from another league who may or may not adjust to life in England.
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