Is Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori one for the future?

Kurt Zouma, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are some of the first names that spring to mind when Chelsea fans are asked about some of their stars out on loan this season from Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are hoping a handful can go on to become future first teamers with them, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen proof in the current squad that loans can be effective.

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But one player that may be going under the radar during his temporary spell away from West London is defender Fikayo Tomori.

The 21-year-old is spending the season with Frank Lampard’s Derby County in the Championship, where teammate Mount is getting much of the attention from Blues supporters.

But the powerhouse has been putting in his own string of consistent displays in defence and may feel he can carve out a long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

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Tomori has been an ever-present in a Derby backline that are inside the play-off positions in their league table, while they have impressive in cup competitions too.

The centre-back did have nightmare by scoring an own goal when he faced Chelsea in the FA Cup, but apart from that moment he looked fairly solid.

He is a strong defender that is dominant in the air and can play with the ball at his feet too.

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Tomori’s tendency to the odd mistake is probably the difference between him being a Premier League or Championship player right now, but at his age he is only going to improve.

It’s going to be increasingly difficult to break into Maurizio Sarri’s team in the long run, but Tomori is doing his reputation no harm during his time with Derby and the England Under-21 international will end up a top-flight player in some form.

A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.