Chelsea supporters were delighted at the performance of Fikayo Tomori after he made his debut for AC Milan against Inter Milan yesterday.
Tomori was thrown straight in at the deep end by coming off the bench after just nine minutes in the derby.
The 23-year-old joined Milan from Chelsea on a season long-loan with an option to make the deal permanent for £25m (BBC Sport) plus add-ons.
And Stefano Pioli may well consider signing him indefinitely after seeing the defender excel in the Coppa Italia quarter-final.
He certainly did not look like a man who had only made four appearances prior whilst at Chelsea.
Despite facing the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, Tomori settled confidently into the Milan back four and made a good impression upon his new team.
Fans from his parent club were understandably keeping a keen eye on how he faired and they certainly liked what they saw.
His move to the Serie A giants occurred after he was made surplus to requirements by Frank Lampard. Milan seriously wanted the central-defender and their wish was granted thanks to a phone call from Paulo Maldini.
“When I first got the call, I was a bit… I wouldn’t say confused, but I was surprised! I spoke to Paolo Maldini,” Tomori said on Milan’s website (via Goal) about his reasoning behind the move.
A large proportion of Chelsea fans were bewildered by Lampard’s decision to let their academy star go. Their misery was impounded further when they witnessed his display in Milan but were pleased to see him flourish.
Admirers from Italy also commented and were clearly impressed by Tomori’s contribution.
A large contingent of the Chelsea faithful will want him back at Stamford Bridge. Milan’s army will want him to stay at the San Siro on the basis of last night. Which way will Tomori be swayed?
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Name me a better game to make statement about yourself than in Italy’s most prestigious fixture.
Tomori was excellent considering the pressurised situation and I hope the Chelsea board were watching on with head in hands.
I’m also hopeful that Thomas Tuchel has taken notice and decides to hold off Milan’s advances for the talented defender and nurture him at Cobham.