Maybe the transfer ban is actually a blessing in disguise for Chelsea.
That’s because, obviously, they can’t rely upon new signings anymore, they’ll have to treat their loanees as brand new players and – you know – use them. Anyway, it’s their messed up loan system which landed them into this difficult predicament in the first place.
So, make do with what you’ve got, it’s so much better than most.
Some loan stars like Kurt Zouma, Michy Batshuayi and Mason Mount are good enough to get more game-time at Stamford Bridge next season. Indeed, another loanee who did a pretty solid job but still isn’t that good enough is Fikayo Tomori, Mount’s pal at Derby County, he must’ve also impressed his parent club with some strong performances in the Championship.
However, if the play-off heartbreak proved anything, he’s still not quite there yet. Following his strong campaign, there are multiple teams who would be glad to have him. The legend Frank Lampard over at Derby County is reportedly keen on another loan spell, while Celtic also have genuine interest, according to the Daily Record.
However, Chelsea should aim to loan the youngster to a Premier League club for a better experience.
The 21-year-old held his own in the physical Championship last season, averaging 2.3 tackles, 2.8 aerial battles won and 3.9 clearances per game (stats via WhoScored) to prove his defensive steel. That’s pretty impressive stuff and, clearly, he’s more than capable of dealing with Premier League strikers, having the physical prowess and defensive intelligence to thrive in the top-flight.
Yes, it’ll be a step up but the Blues aren’t exactly blessed with central defenders right now and blooding him in England’s top tier can only be a good thing.
If he gets enough game-time to gather experience, Tomori’s growth as an emerging defensive heavyweight could eventually lead to an established first-team spot at Chelsea very soon.
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