Fikayo Tomori made his first start of the season for Chelsea in the final game before the international break and it looks like he could turn out to be a surprise package at Stamford Bridge this season.
The Blues blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Sheffield United in the Premier League and it was an extremely disappointing result.
But one positive to come out of the fixture was the performance of Tomori and the early signs are he could have an important role to play during this campaign.
The 21-year-old slotted in at centre-back and delivered one of the stronger performances by a home player.
He showed immense composure when in possession in passing out from the back and it looks like he always his so much time on the ball.
Asides from one slight positional error on a Sheffield United goal, he was a real positive in the backline and looks ready to play top-flight football on a regular basis.
Tomori learned under Blues boss Frank Lampard last season at Derby County and they will have a strong understanding.
Chelsea clearly have problems in defence and that has been magnified in the first month of the season, so it will be no surprise to see Antonio Rudiger restored to the starting XI when he’s back from injury after the international break.
But there is definitely a spot at centre-back up for grabs next to him and Tomori has to be in the mix.
The Englishman looked fourth in line at centre-back and likely to play a fringe role throughout the 2019/20 campaign.
He has surely given himself a much better opportunity of playing regularly after his league appearance and has a strong case to keep his spot in the team when the Blues return to action on 14 September away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Anderas Christensen or Kurt Zouma have hardly dazzled at the beginning of the campaign, so Tomori is an unlikely candidate pushing for a key role under Lampard.