Why Chelsea sending Fikayo Tomori on loan would be the right decision for both parties

According to Football.london, Fikayo Tomori may have to leave Chelsea if he is to continue his development. With the arrival of Thiago Silva in the summer, one of the central defender spots has been taken.

The other has also been occupied by Kurt Zouma on most occasions as Frank Lampard seems to have found his best defensive combination. One man who was making huge strides in the last few seasons, Fikayo Tomori, has been overlooked on one too many occasions.

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Fikayo Tomori is a 22-year-old English centre-back who plays for Chelsea. He started his youth career at Chelsea’s academy in 2005 and progressed through the youth ranks. It wasn’t until 2016 that he got to make his debut for the first-team.

Fikayo Tomori helped Derby County reach the Championship Playoffs finals during his loan spell (Getty Images)
Fikayo Tomori helped Derby County reach the Championship Playoffs finals during his loan spell (Getty Images)

He was sent on loan in the following seasons to Brighton, Hull City and Derby County. However, it was at Derby County that he truly showed his potential under Frank Lampard, who was the Derby manager then.

With a transfer ban on Chelsea, Tomori along with a few others were given ample first-team opportunities. He enjoyed a good run of form but ultimately fizzled away in the second half of the season, thereby making just 26 appearances. This season he has found chances hard to come by in the presence of so many central defenders.

Chelsea should let Tomori leave on loan

A lot was expected of Tomori when he was back at Chelsea under Frank Lampard. The pair had previously worked together at Derby County and it worked out well. Nonetheless, things haven’t been quite great this season for the young defender.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma of Chelsea gesture during the UEFA Champions League Group E stage match between Chelsea FC and FC Sevilla at Stamford Bridge on October 20, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma are now the first-choice centre-backs at the club and rightfully so. In them, Chelsea have a new-found solidity at the back and are leaking fewer goals. Now that leaves Rudiger and Christensen as the backups and Tomori in a spot.

He has played just 44 minutes of Premier League football this season and was just given a run in the EFL Cup games. At 22, he needs way more than that amount of game time to continue his development.

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It is clear that he cannot get that at Chelsea and should be allowed to have another loan spell away from the club. Tomori would still stay on their books but he will benefit from the game time he gets at the other club. A win-win situation.

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