The dust is settling on David Luiz’s somewhat controversial exit to Arsenal on deadline day and Chelsea attention can now turn to the start of the Premier League season.
Frank Lampard begins his reign as manager away to Manchester United on Sunday and he’s got the full backing of the Stamford Bridge faithful.
He does though have some decisions to make following the exit of senior defender Luiz, as he’s definitely left a void for the Blues.
Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori should believe that the stars are aligning for him to enjoy a breakout season in the 2019/20 campaign.
Lampard needs to work out his preferred centre-back pairing and the opening week should help him examine two of them.
Antonio Rudiger is perhaps the frontrunner to take up one of the defensive spots, but he’s sidelined through injury against Manchester United.
Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen look likely to line up in the heart of defence, with both of them possessing immense potential and ability to succeed in the Chelsea first-team.
But Luiz’s exit has suddenly pushed Tomori into the senior team reckoning and surely he will get his chance at some stage this sseaosn.
Chelsea will rack up a big fixture list with domestic and European games, so rotation is going to be a feature and Luiz has definitely left the door wide open.
Tomori automatically becomes a fourth-choice option at centre-back and the academy graduate is one to watch out for.
The 21-year-old impressed under Lampard with Derby County in the Championship last season and is now back from his loan a much improved player.
He’s a centre-back with rapid pace and he reads the game well, so he will surely make a great case for himself if he can take his opportunity in the first-team.
Tomori has the potential to break into the Chelsea team during the next couple of years and Luiz’s departure may speed that up.