When Fikayo Tomori scored his first Chelsea goal, curling the ball into the top corner to open the scoring away at Wolves in September, it was apt that the first person to join him in celebration in front of the jubilant Blues fans was fellow 21-year-old Tammy Abraham.
The pair had first met 14 years previously when they started training together in the Under-8s age group at Cobham and their relationship has grown stronger throughout many shared experiences over the years.
Not many have matched that afternoon in Wolverhampton though, as Abraham netted a hat-trick and fellow Academy graduate Mason Mount rounded off the scoring to seal a memorable 5-2 victory.
Tomori discusses those memories above in the latest episode of ‘The Pride’, an exclusive series that goes behind the scenes to tell the story of the man behind the player and their rise to the top at Stamford Bridge. The Londoner also opens up about his special bond with Abraham, a friendship forged through shared heritage and commutes to Cobham as teenagers.
Despite having the opportunity to join the Academy’s full-time school programme at the age of 14, both Tomori and Abraham elected to remain in conventional education and so would frequently journey together from the city to our Surrey base for training.
‘I’ve been at Chelsea since I was seven and the one person that always comes up in every single journey has been Tammy because we’ve been together since we were seven years old,’ Tomori explains in the film.
‘Our parents are both Nigerian, we both grew up in south-east London and we used to come in on the same days. We would take the train into training together, talking about what’s going to happen when we go full-time. I think it definitely made our bond stronger and took our relationship to something different.’
The film above features a powerful and emotional interview between Fikayo and his father Olayinka, with the latter providing his side of the story on the defender’s rise from schoolboy talent to England international.