Fikayo Tomori Eyeing Permanent Exit From Chelsea In The January Window: The centreback is eager to depart for greener pastures after being shut out at Chelsea
Bursting onto the stage in the 2019-20 season of the Premier League, Fikayo Tomori looked to be on the uptick at Chelsea. With the club dealt a massive setback with its transfer ban, Tomori offered Lampard a much needed asset at the back.
The young defender reposed his manager’s faith as well with a slew of endearing performances, ones which alluded to his calibre as a player. Although he was guilty of a couple of mistakes during his tenure last season, Tomori’s tackles and blocks were enough to underline the exciting potential of the player.
However, unlike his young English counterparts, Tomori failed to nail down his place in Chelsea’s backline. And with Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva hammering their place in the club’s defensive setup this term, Tomori has been left on the periphery at the London club.
Fikayo Tomori Eyeing Permanent Exit From Chelsea In The January Window
Growing increasingly concerned with his situation at Chelsea, Tomori has resigned himself to the fact that he’s no longer in contention of a place in the club’s backline. As per The Athletic, Tomori has decided the only way forward for him is to depart Chelsea for greener pastures with the club considering a string of clubs come January.
Although Chelsea are eager to hang onto the player with the club earmarking him as a name for the future, Tomori is looking forward to a permanent switch, The Athletic went onto add. Leeds United, Rennes and Newcastle United are all said to be interested in the player with Tomori having earlier rejected a loan move to West Ham.
Tomori’s decision is also said to have been a direct ramification of Lampard’s comments on the player. The Chelsea manager had said that while Tomori was someone who titillated him, the player had a long road to traverse before laying claim to a place in the club’s setup.
Chelsea are also said to be concerned about the player’s ability when winning aerial duels and persistent lapses in focus.
“Fikayo took the decision not to go and that’s well within his rights,’ said Lampard.
“That had no bearing on my thoughts at all. He’s still a developing player.
“When I say developing, he’s had a great two years. He got himself in the England team, was one of the best defenders in the Championship and then played 20-plus games for Chelsea.
“It’s normal for a young player sometimes, in a squad as competitive as ours, where there are periods where you maybe aren’t playing every week.”