Report: Lampard's pursuit of centre-back will likely mean another loan spell for Tomori
Chelsea will reportedly send Fikayo Tomori out on another loan spell after just one season in the first-team squad as Frank Lampard allegedly wants a new centre-back.
A report from the Daily Star focused on Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti’s desire to come to Stamford Bridge in case of a summer exit which we already covered.
However, the report also made some other interesting claims.
One of them is that Lampard wants a new centre-back despite having four already at his disposal. The publication claimed a centre-back would come at the expense of Tomori who will likely be sent out on loan.
Tomori, alongside Mason Mount, was part of Lampard’s Derby County last season. The 22-year-old had an impressive season where he made 55 appearances and was named Derby’s player of the year.
When Chelsea appointed Lampard to succeed Maurizio Sarri at the helm, it also paved the way to Chelsea’s first-team squad for Tomori.
The Canada born defender was given the nod to start in 11 consecutive games where the Blue won seven out of those 11 games.
Just like that, he has turned himself into a Stamford Bridge hero.
Tomori has lost his spot in the starting-line up
However, after back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and West Ham, Tomori has appeared to fall behind in the pecking order. Lampard has often opted for Anthony Rudiger and Andreas Christensen as his first-choice defensive pairing.
In February, Lampard claimed the decision was simply down to squad depth.
He told the Express: “I have four centre-backs to choose from so generally every week two of them are unhappy.
“So there is competition in that area. So yes, with Fik he always has to train at the top level, that goes for all of the young players because when you are out of the team, however much it hurts, you need to show a good attitude and train very well.”
Tomori has just signed a new five-year deal at Chelsea in December.
He said the club has been so good to him; “looking after and developing him” into the player he is now.
Tomori may not be a finished article now, and he has displayed some errors in his games. But he is still one of the club’s best prospect, a former Chelsea academy player of the year.
It sounds unfair for him to be back on a loan journey after being given just months to prove himself.