Is Fikayo Tomori the answer to Chelsea’s defensive frailties?
Chelsea’s defensive problems have been widely reported.
And as a solution, the Blues have been consistently linked with moves for high profile signings, although no signings have been made.
But instead of spending large sums on a big name, would Chelsea be better off looking at one of their talented youngsters as a solution?
Take Fikayo Tomori for example.
Tomori has been at Chelsea since he was seven years old, and progressed through the academy system.
He was a key player in the Chelsea youth side that recorded back-to-back titles in both the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup in 2015 and 2016 under Jody Morris.
As usual with Chelsea’s academy players, Tomori has been on loan to Football League clubs.
He played half a season at Brighton, and last season played 25 times for a relegation-threatened Hull City.
In a side where performances were regularly poor, Tomori’s abilities weren’t on display and he struggled.
But having linked up with ex-Blues Frank Lampard and Morris at Derby County, Tomori is flourishing.
The England Under-21 defender has looked assured and comfortable on the ball, whilst looking solid defensively.
And he played a key part in Derby’s victory over Manchester United in the EFL Cup.
Upon his return to Stamford Bridge in the summer, Tomori should be pushing for a spot in the first team.
And Maurizio Sarri could do worse that looking at Tomori as a long-term solution to his sides defensive woes.
Along with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Ethan Ampadu, Tomori is part of a talented pool of academy graduates.
And that young crop of players could prove a strong core for Chelsea going forward.