Frank Lampard has tipped Fikayo Tomori to become a “top player” after the Chelsea defender completed his loan switch to AC Milan.
Centre-back Tomori broke into the first team in style last season, blasting a fine long-range strike in a 5-2 win at Wolves to announce his Premier League arrival, and the 23-year-old even went on to make his England debut last term, having caught the eye of boss Gareth Southgate.
But he could not maintain that upward trajectory at Stamford Bridge this season as the arrival of Thiago Silva and the emergence of Kurt Zouma has meant that he has now fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, prompting him to seek a move.
Asked to explain to those vexed supporters why Tomori has left temporarily, Lampard said: “Because I have five centre-backs and I can’t do this job and expect to please every fan; that’s football.
“What players you should pick or not, whether you are searching for consistency or going on an unbeaten run there are questions. I have to pick two at a time and the numbers don’t always add up.
“Fikayo is a developing player, a very good player. He is going to be a top player.”
Tomori would be a very good option to have in the squad, so their decision to let him leave when they have had their struggles at the back this season, may come back to haunt them if they pick up a few injuries.
However, seeing him sit on the bench every week was not a very good sight to see, so we are glad that he will get some game time, it is just a shame that he had to leave to get it