Glenn Hoddle was blown away by the quality of Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori after he helped his side beat Ajax in a brilliant Champions League result.
Frank Lampard’s team edged out the Dutch giants 1-0 in Amsterdam and it meant they climbed to the top of their Champions League group table.
After a contest with chances for both sides, it was substitute Michy Batshuayi who fired in an 86th minute with his left foot in off the crossbar.
The Blues were rewarded for their brave high pressing style against an impressive Ajax outfit and on the balance deserved to edge the three points.
Ex-Chelsea player Hoddle picked out Tomori for special praise after his performance in midweek and is confident he can go right to the top, while mentioning a potential role with the senior England team as well.
“He’s a defender that actually loves to defend first. He’s a real defender who is going to get better and better on the ball and that’s going out of the game. He can play in both channels, Gareth [Southgate] must be looking at him,” Hoddle told BT Sport 3 (23 October).
“He’s got to get better and more experienced, but where is he going to be in three years time? He’s going to be a proper player.”
Tomori once again delivered a commanding display in the heart of defence and his progression this campaign at Stamford Bridge has been staggering.
The 21-year-old enforcer dealt with everything thrown at him by Ajax and his defending in some one-on-one situations was colossus.
He is a centre-back that showed his tremendous pace to help him, while he’s decent in the air too and his passing is an area he is striving to improve.
Chelsea have so many talented academy graduates now embedded in the first-team and Tomori is one of the individuals really making a name for himself.