Frank Lampard was confident that Fikayo Tomori will turn into an elite professional over time whether that be with Chelsea or not.
During his brutally honest press-conference prior to the Luton Two game on Sunday (via Chelsea YouTube channel), Lampard responded to the questions regarding Tomori’s future.
It appears that a move to AC Milan is imminent for the 23-year-old after limited opportunities have arisen at Chelsea. Tomori has fallen down the pecking order of defenders despite being a decent performer during the 2019/20 season.
Lampard addressed the situation, admitting: “I have five centre-backs. I have to pick two out of the five. Those numbers don’t add up.
“Fikayo’s a developing player, a very good player. I’ve seen him rise from when he arrived at Derby as quite a quiet lad and a talent to being one of the best defenders in the Championship, an England international and a Chelsea regular.
“His journey has been great, whether he goes on loan or not, he’ll be a top player but he’s a developing player too.”
The pair formed their relationship at Derby County the campaign before they both returned to Stamford Bridge. Lampard shepherded the Rams to the play-off final, whilst Tomori was named the clubs Player of the Year.
During their second spell together, Tomori played 22 times for the Blues in what seemed a real breakthrough moment in his career. Unfortunately, he has played just under four hours of football this term.
Although his manager did not want verify the transfer reports, Fabrizio Romano confirmed that Tomori had landed in Milan and an official announcement of his signing would be expected soon.
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There is no doubt that Tomori has the potential to becoming a fantastic defender at the highest level.
He certainly won’t improve if simply left on the bench at Chelsea, so a move away is highly beneficial.
I just hope that Milan doesn’t use him as a bit part. They’re pushing for what would be a statement Serie A title win and they cannot afford any slip-ups. If he can contribute significantly, then his stock will skyrocket.