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Celtic: Hoops target Fikayo Tomori earmarked for Premier League loan move

Celtic: Hoops target Fikayo Tomori earmarked for Premier League loan move - NON-NEWSNOW

Celtic transfer target Fikayo Tomori is due to be sent out on loan by Chelsea next season, but a move to the Scottish champions looks unlikely.

The Evening Standard reported that the Blues are planning to loan out the 21-year-old for the season, with clubs from the Premier League, Bundesliga and Primeira Liga expressing an interest.

According to HITC, Chelsea want the player to prove himself in the English top flight and seem most likely to loan him to a Premier League club.

Celtic had previously been linked with the defender by The Mirror (May 19th, page 66) [via HITC] as a replacement for the outgoing Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic.

The Canada-born England youth international spent last season on loan at Lampard’s Derby, scoring twice in 55 appearances and being named the club’s Player of the Year.

Writing for HITC, Danny Owen noted Tomori’s “ball-playing style“, and his passing success rate of 82.9% for Derby last season and 94.3% for England at the European Under-21 Championship in June testifies to his composure in possession.

Summer signing Christopher Jullien recorded 83% passing accuracy from centre-back for Toulouse in 2018/19, with Celtic defenders Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic achieving passing success rates of 85% and 95.6% respectively in the club’s Europa League campaign.

Tomori is noted on for his tackling and interception abilities, averaging 2.3 challenges and 1.5 interceptions per game last term. Ajer had a higher tackling average with four per game, but the Chelsea man was well ahead of Simunovic (1.3 per game) and Jullien (one per game) in this regard.

Tomori trailed both Ajer and Simunovic for interceptions per game, with the Celtic pair recording two and 3.3 respectively for this metric in 2018/19.

The Chelsea defender is strong in the air, winning 2.8 aerial duels per game. However, Ajer is just behind him on 2.7 per game and 6 ft 6 (1.96m) Jullien leads the charge with a match average of 4.3 successful duels in the air.

While Tomori is generally composed in possession and very capable of winning aerial battles, Celtic already have centre-backs who largely excel at these traits.

Also, Chelsea value Tomori at £20million, as reported by the Evening Standard, which is more than twice the record transfer fee that Celtic have paid out (£9.27m for Odsonne Edouard).

Therefore, it doesn’t seem likely that the Hoops would spend that amount on one player this summer, especially with the increasing likelihood that Kieran Tierney will be kept instead of sold for £25m, as indicated by the Daily Mail.

Tomori would have been a solid and composed centre-back for Celtic to have, but with Ajer, Simunovic and Jullien already at the club, missing out on the Chelsea youngster does not appear to be a major blow.

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