Chelsea starlet Fikayo Tomori is now in high demand after England’s victorious U20 World Cup campaign in Korea.
According to Evening Standard, Tomori’s stock has risen among his potential suitors in the race to sign him on loan in the summer. The report states that Chelsea are looking to loan him out to either a strong Championship side or a club in the La Liga, Bundesliga or Ligue 1.
Building on this report, Allnigeriasoccer state that Borussia Dortmund and Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Marseille were just some of the clubs who had sent representatives to scout for promising talent and it is likely Fikayo would have likely caught their attention.
The 19-year-old played every minute of every match in the tournament and was an integral part of a rock solid defence that let in only three goals in their 7 matches. One of them however, was an own goal scored by Tomori himself against Guinea, while attempting a back-pass to his keeper.
Tomori is allowed to represent Nigeria, Canada and England – Nigeria due to his parents, Canada as it was the country of his birth and England, as he has lived there for most of his life. He has represented both Canada and England in the youth level.
The Calgary born defender is a product of Chelsea’s youth academy, having joined them as an Under-8. He made his first team debut on the final day of the 2015/16 season, after which he was handed a 4-year-contract which keeps at the club till the summer of 2020.
He has won 2 back-to-back FA Youth Cups and UEFA Youth Leagues with Chelsea and in January this year, he was sent out on loan to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Championship. He would make a total of 12 appearances for Chris Hughton’s side across all competitions, starting 5 games.
He played his part in helping the Seagulls win promotion to the Premier League, but it remains to be seen if he features as a part of an English top flight club next term. However, a move abroad to Dortmund or PSG would certainly provide the youngster with a lot of exposure.
Dortmund have some world class youngsters in their squad. However, with the likes of Marc Bartra, Sven Bender, Matthias Ginter in their squad, he will certainly have his work cut out for him if he wishes to break into their first team and feature regularly at the Westfalenstadion.
However, Dortmund is one of the world’s best clubs for the development of young players and Die Borussen have a proven record of bringing the best out of top class talent as is shown by the progress made by the likes of Emre Mor, Ousmane Dembele, Christian Pulisic and Julian Weigl.
Paris however, may prove to be another ball game entirely. They will be desperate to win back the Ligue 1 from AS Monaco and given their penchant for bringing in top class players for huge sums season after season, Tomori may find it extremely difficult to break into a squad rife with talent.
With the likes of Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe and Thiago Silva already present in the squad, the Parc de Princes might not be the best place for his development, despite the current lack of depth in their squad – something that could very well be rectified by the end of the transfer window.
Tomori’s half-season loan at the Falmer Stadium showed promise and Chelsea will certainly have high hopes from the talented youngster. This is a crucial period in his career and the Blues have to carefully decide his next destination. He will be well aware of fellow academy graduates who have spent numerous seasons out on loan before fading away and he would do well to avoid the same fate.