Fikayo Timori should be using Chelsea’s transfer target Kalidou Koulibaly’s rise as a template

Of the Chelsea youngsters who are on loan at Derby County, Mason Mount has received much of the attention.

However, despite going mostly under the radar, Fikayo Tomori’s rise should be exciting Chelsea fans.

The England Under-21 defender is a regular under Frank Lampard, as Tomori’s played 1621 Championship minutes already.

And the experienced Richard Keogh is partnering Tomori at the back, which is giving him the opportunity to learn from a seasoned veteran.

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Despite his success, Chelsea are still linked with big-money moves for centre-backs to replace David Luiz.

One that continually pops up is Kalidou Koulibaly, as reported by Football London, from Maurizio Sarri’s old club Napoli.

A £90m valuation has placed on Koulibaly’s head by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

However, Tomori should be using Koulibaly’s rise to stardom as a template for his own success.

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Koulibaly came to Napoli with little fanfare, but has established himself as possibly the best centre-back in Europe.

While he has excellent physical attributes, Koulibaly has worked on his skills with the ball, and now looks comfortable.

This dedication is something that Tomori could learn, and if he can, could have a future at Stamford Bridge when he returns.