Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori is set for a fourth season out on loan from Stamford Bridge.
The Evening Standard report that the 21-year-old centre-back is expected to depart west London for another year after a successful spell with Derby County last season. Indeed, the report also states that Chelsea plan to send Tomori to a Premier League rival for the 2019/20 campaign.
The Evening Standard also claim that Frank Lampard, who managed Tomori last season at Derby, is a big fan of the player but believes that the youngster will benefit more from playing another season of first-team football rather than playing behind the likes of Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz at Chelsea.
With the aforementioned Rudiger and Luiz ahead of Tomori at the club, as well as the likes of Andreas Christensen and the returning Kurt Zouma, a spell away from Chelsea for further first-team experience seems like the logical move for the 21-year-old,.
Indeed, the England U-21 international was named Derby’s Player of the Year last season (per the Derby Telegraph) as the Rams were unable to secure promotion to the Premier League as Lampard’s side fell to Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final (per BBC Sport), and a step up to a Premier League team is seemingly the next logical step in Tomori’s career.
With four central defenders ahead of him at Chelsea who all have Premier League experience, first-team minutes appear to be few and far between for Tomori heading into the 2019/20 season. Still, after impressing for Derby last year, the England youth defender could be well in with a chance of starting for another team in the English top-flight.
Another season out on loan might not be what the youngster would have expected given his boost in reputation with Derby last season and the fact his manager last season returned to Chelsea with him (per Chelsea’s official website), but Tomori’s chances of first-team football will be better off away from the west London side, and clubs are seemingly interested in his services.
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