Premier League side Leeds United have been tipped to sign centre-back Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea, but only if the respective managers can get over their past issues.
In Leeds’ 6-2 loss to Manchester United, Liam Cooper got injured and while Diego Llorente has returned to training, Robin Koch is also out injured and he was initially expected to be out for around three months.
Tomori tipped to be a ‘great signing’ for Leeds
While Football Insider have previously reported that a potential suitor would need a ‘huge’ loan fee to sign Tomori, Dean Windass believes that the defender would be a ‘great signing’ for the Whites after he was linked with a loan move.
Would Tomori be a great signing for Leeds?
Windass was talking to FootballFancast and said: “That would be good if Frank can [agree]. There’s obviously no love lost between them with the old spy [situation] a few years ago.
“Tomori would be good – I’m not criticising Liam Cooper, but he will find it tough, coming to 33/34 [years of age] now. He was never the quickest anyway, and when you’re in the Premier League as a centre-back, you’ve got to be an athlete. You’ve got to be able to run.
“They need that pace at the back. You know what the Premier League is like – especially when everyone sort of plays 4-3-3 and the three up front are all lightning quick, so Tomori would be a great signing.”
Bielsa and Lampard had a rather heated relationship during the Englishman’s time at Derby. In the fallout from the ‘Spygate‘ incident, Lampard wasn’t happy with Bielsa as he hadn’t received an apology from the Argentine. Because of the spying, Leeds fans had added a ‘Stop crying, Frank Lampard’ song to their matchday playlist (as per Goal.com).
Tomori could add depth and quality to Leeds
The 23-year-old defender might have made just a single Premier League appearance for the Blues this season, but he played 15 Premier League games last season and picked up a Whoscored rating of 6.88. In the Champions League last term, he played four games and picked up an impressive rating of 7.15 (as per Whoscored).
That could be a reflection of the fact that Tomori is a quality player and because of the injury issues that are being faced by the current Leeds defenders, he could be an important signing for the Whites. Having said that, as Windass says, it will depend on whether Lampard and Bielsa bury the hatchet or not.
In other news, Leeds could be set to fail in a potential move for a Premier League winger – read more about it here.
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