From being a regular starter for the club last season to become the 5th choice in the pecking order this season, the Chelsea career of Fikayo Tomori has already been an absolute rollercoaster ride. With only 3 appearances this season, there are many transfer speculations around him especially this month. The Sun reported on Wednesday that any chance of the centre-back leaving this January has been crashed due to the injury of his team-mate Andreas Christensen. But the Athletic claims that the defender could still leave the London side in the current transfer window. Many Premier League clubs are interested in the English centre back, but the Chelsea Board & Manager Frank Lampard believes that it would not be a great option to him to play for another Premiership side.
Tomori is also interested to move away from the club as his odds to become a regular starter is slender. He is looking for a permanent switch from the club or at least a season loan elsewhere. He also believes that he will get a good amount of game time as Malang Sarr & Marc Guehi who are now starters for their respective loan teams.
Chelsea board are a bit concerned about the situation surrounding Tomori. The player has been promising last season, quickly adapting to the senior team also scoring crucial goals at times. He is very strong with the ball, and in the air winning duels. His ability to recover the ball made fans give him the nickname “Ngolo Kante of defence”. Chelsea in the past has also sold certain talents who had been absolute class in the latter part of their career.
After his successful loan spell at Derby County under his current Manager Frank Lampard, It’s been a fall from grace for a player of Tomori’s quality & the reasons behind this also remains unclear. He struggled to nail down his place in Chelsea’s defensive line with the signing of veteran defender Thiago Silva. Kurt Zouma’s solid performances at the centre back position also reduced Tomori’s chances of getting into the starting line up.
Lampard in the latest Interview said, “It is normal for a young player sometimes, in a squad as competitive as ours, where there are periods where you may be aren’t playing every week”. Also, he added “I have got no problem with Fikayo. I rely on him. That’s clear from when I took him to Derby and how I handled him last year. It remains the same with him.
Many reports were coming out that there has been a major drop in morale of Fikayo in training and his work rate also has significantly dropped which could be due to the lack of game time. with Christensen’s injury, he was tipped to start the FA Cup match with Morecambe, but Lampard preferred Rudiger and Zouma over him. So, it seems like the player is leaving at least for a loan and Lampard has cleared the media doubts also regarding this growing issue.
Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are also on the verge of a move away from the club due to lack of game time. But Frank Lampard has not got any options at the back with both of them leaving which makes a difficult situation, especially with the jam-packed schedule coming up for Chelsea.
With the January transfer window open, Chelsea will try to look for a couple of good signings, they would probably let go of Tomori for at least a loan foreseeing the development of the player.