Noel Whelan has claimed to Football Insider that Newcastle United have ‘missed a trick’ by not signing Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea in this month’s window.
The former Leeds United striker was reacting to an update from the Italian football journalist and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano. He tweeted comments made by the sporting director at AC Milan Paolo Maldini to Sky Sports, which read: “We wanted Fikayo Tomori also last summer, he’s always been one of our targets. He’s perfect for our squad, we’re working on the last details”, with Romano confirming that he is joining the Serie A club this week.
Does Tomori start for Newcastle?
Tomori has reportedly emerged as a target (via The Northern Echo) in January, but it looks as if he will not be going to the Magpies.
Tomori blow for Newcastle
As Whelan suggests, the update will surely come as a blow to the St. James’ Park faithful as Tomori could well have turned out to be a very good signing for them.
Even though he has rarely featured at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard so far in the 2020/21 term, his stats from the previous season in the Premier League are relatively impressive, as he won no fewer than 5.2 of his duels a game and also averaged 2.8 clearances, 1.9 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per appearance (Sofascore).
To put them into context, only Javier Manquillo has averaged more tackles (2.2) and only Isaac Hayden and Fabian Schar have averaged more interceptions (1.8 and 1.7 respectively) per match for Newcastle in this campaign than Tomori did for the Blues (Whoscored).
Nonetheless, the Tyneside club have missed out on signing the £15.3m-valued central defender in this window and they’ll need to look elsewhere for reinforcements.
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