Frank Lampard makes notable claim about Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has made a claim in his press conference that should leave Fikayo Tomori buzzing.
The 21-year-old is a major talent to come through the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge as a kid and is part of the new generation breaking into the first-team right now.
He spent last season out on loan at Derby County in the Championship, where Lampard got the chance to work with him first hand and oversee his development.
The defender has been introduced to the senior Blues squad at the beginning of this campaign and he’s enjoyed a brilliant two months.
Tomori started the campaign as perhaps the fourth-choice centre-back behind the likes of Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger.
But his performances of late have left fans purring over him and now Lampard has weighed in with a sizeable comment.
The Chelsea manager has explained he now views the England Under-21 international as first or second choice in the heart of defence.
“A lot of people would have seen him as number four, he’s now number one or two as it stands,” Lampard said in his pre-match press conference, as quoted by Hayters TV.
“I’ve picked them ahead of some senior player, it’s the choice of the manager and at the minute I’m going with them because they can show me they can play. They are really playing well. Age isn’t a huge factor, it’s not the huge factor in actual situation.”
Tomori has played every minute of the last three consecutive Premier League games and it looks like he’s in line to feature at home to Brighton on Saturday.
He’s proving to be a composed figure in a struggling backline and is not showing his age one bit.
With Rudiger struggling through injury this campaign, it’s opened the door in Chelsea’s defence and it looks like Lampard agrees that Tomori is the one to capitalise.