Given their transfer embargo, you can expect Chelsea to promote a few players from their loan army to the senior squad for the next campaign.
As things stand, though, it does not look like Fikayo Tomori will be one of them, with the 21-year-old continuing to be linked with another loan move.
Tomori, who has impressed at Derby County this season, is said to be a summer target for Celtic (Daily Record).
And given the confidence Maurizio Sarri has in David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger, it would not be a surprise to see the England U21 international depart Stamford Bridge temporarily again.
Needing regular minutes, from Tomori’s perspective, it would be the correct call, with Sarri unlikely to give him that.
That being said, a move to Celtic is probably not what the Chelsea academy product needs.
After such a strong campaign in the Championship, the next step for Tomori has to be the Premier League.
And while it would be a huge step up for the central defender, he looks more than ready for it with his strength, pace to make recovery tackles and composure on the ball.
A Chelsea loanee who has gone under the radar compared to others, he really could be the Blues’ secret weapon next season if Sarri gives him a chance, and the transfer ban makes it even more logical for the Italian to do just that.
A defensive partnership that involves Rudiger and Tomori would be daunting for any onrushing attackers, as their pace, power and tackling ability would make them a frightening combo.
With his ability, to move to a division as weak as the Scottish League would be a side or even arguably a backwards step.
At 21 and considering his talent, Tomori really needs to be playing in one of Europe’s top leagues now.
Chelsea fans, where would you like to see Tomori playing his football next season? Join the discussion by commenting below.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience