It is difficult to compare Fikayo Tomori and our former captain John Terry, but there is a reason to believe that Tomori might just be Chelsea’s next great defender to emerge from the academy.
The 22-year-old has had a remarkable rise in the first team, as the transfer ban and Frank Lampard’s affinity towards youth has helped him shine. He has already amassed 22 appearances and scored two goals – including a spectacular strike against Wolves back in September.
Despite the incredible breakthrough and sustained performances, Tomori admitted that his first-team place cannot be taken for granted – especially with Lampard looking to flex his muscles in the transfer window.
“There is a lot of competition for places, not just in my position, so there are going to be disappointed people when they’re not playing.
“Throughout the whole season the manager has said if you train well and show why you should be in the team, he will put you in, and then it’s up to you to try and stay in the team,” said Tomori to Chelsea’s official site.
It is always very difficult for a youngster to come through a star-studded squad and keep his place throughout the season. Tomori’s job has been made so much easier due to the presence of several youngsters, who have played with him at different stages in the youth setup, in the team like Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.
The current situation at Chelsea is not too different from what the ‘Class of 94’ experienced at Manchester United. Crucially, the Red Devils were able to sustain and build forward with those youngsters. Now, it is the task of Lampard to do the same while resisting the lure to spend in the window.
After having enjoyed a rub of the green due to the transfer ban, Tomori and other youngsters may benefit from the coronavirus pandemic creating havoc to football’s revenue stream.
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