Frank Lampard has confirmed that Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori could leave the club on loan to pursue regular football.
His 10-minute cameo in the 4-0 over Morecambe on Sunday was Tomori’s first Chelsea appearance since the League Cup defeat to Tottenham back in September.
With just four appearances (only two starts) in all competitions so far, the 23-year-old has pretty much been pushed out of the picture.
As things stand, he is arguably the fifth-choice centre-back behind Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, and Andreas Christensen.
Five centre-back options are perhaps too much for Lampard as he hinted a potential loan exit for the former Derby County player of the year.
“The situation with Fikayo is kind of open at the moment,” Lampard told the reporters during his press conference on Sunday (via Hayters TV).
“There is a possibility that he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else.
“It would have to be the right solution for him and the club.”
The Chelsea manager explained that the potential loan exit was also part of the reason why the England international did not start against Morecambe.
“His attitude whilst not playing so much recently — it’s not easy — has been fantastic in terms of training every day and how he is,” he added.
It is certainly a surprise that Tomori who is often considered by many as one of the fastest players at Chelsea, including by Blues teammate Christian Pulisic (Sky Sports), has struggled to even make the bench this season.
Hopefully, a short-term loan spell could help him develop into a centre-back who would compete for a regular spot at Chelsea.
We know the potential is there.