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Chelsea: BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks lauds Fikayo Tomori for role in Brighton & Hove Albion win

Chelsea: BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks lauds Fikayo Tomori for role in Brighton & Hove Albion win

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has lauded the efforts of Fikayo Tomori during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, and suggested England boss Gareth Southgate should take note of his talents.

Tomori has featured in six fixtures for Chelsea since returning to Stamford Bridge (TransferMarkt) from a loan spell in the Championship with Derby County, where he also worked under the tutelage of current Blues boss Frank Lampard.

The Canada-born centre-back had to wait until week three of the Premier League campaign for his debut league appearance of the term, but Tomori has not missed a minute of top-flight action since lining up for kick-off at home to Sheffield United at the end of August.

Crooks was also left admiring the former England youth international for his efforts to try and prevent Liverpool from maintaining their 100% win record last week, and felt Tomori was the standout performer against Brighton on Saturday.

Writing in his weekly column for BBC Sport, as he named Tomori as the only Chelsea player in his Team of the Week, Crooks said: “This lad caught my eye against Liverpool when Mohamed Salah tried to outrun him, and Tomori handled the chase comfortably and with gears to spare. Needless to say, I was impressed.

“Against Brighton, it was a very different proposition, but Tomori looked composed and comfortable like a player who is going places.

“I hear the Nigerians have their eye on this talent, and the Super Eagles’ pulling power is not to be underestimated. England manager Gareth Southgate should not take Tomori’s England age group appearances for granted.”

Tomori has earned 15 caps for England’s under-21s since his debut in September 2017, but is yet to play a senior minute on the international stage, meaning he is eligible to switch allegiances providing FIFA approve his request for registration.

Southgate will likely be paying attention to Tomori’s situation, as England’s senior centre-backs did not paint themselves in a positive light last time out, leading to Roy Keane blasting the Three Lions for their ‘sloppy’ efforts against Kosovo.

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Tomori, on the other hand, has not been ‘sloppy’ for Chelsea, and was indeed impressive against Brighton as he swept up possession with three interceptions, one clearance, won his only attempted tackle and two of three aerial duels, per WhoScored data.

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Chelsea fans, is Tomori ready for his full England international debut when the Three Lions face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in Euro 2020 qualifiers in October? Let us know in the comments below…

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