In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Fikayo Tomori is named in the BBC’s team of the week after the win against Brighton, Jorginho also earns plaudits after another strong performance and former Scotland captain Barry Ferguson feels the national team can be built around Billy Gilmour ‘for many, many years to come’.
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Tomori named in BBC’s team of the week
BBC pundit Garth Crooks has named Fikayo Tomori in his team of the week for the second time this month after his solid defensive performance in the 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday
Crooks included Tomori on his weekly list for the first time after his goal-scoring display in the 5-2 win at Wolves two weeks ago and he has continued to be impressed by the 21-year-old, who has been a starter for the Blues in our last four Premier League games.
‘This lad caught my eye against Liverpool when Mohamed Salah tried to outrun him and Tomori handled the chase comfortably and with gears to spare. Needless to say, I was impressed,’ said the former England forward.
‘Against Brighton, it was a very different proposition, but Tomori looked composed and comfortable like a player who is going places.
‘I hear the Nigerians have their eye on this talent and the Super Eagles' pulling power is not to be underestimated. England manager Gareth Southgate should not take Tomori's England age group appearances for granted.’
Jorginho earns plaudits
While our young players have been drawing a lot of attention, Jorginho has also received strong media reviews with Sky Sports describing him as ‘Chelsea’s renaissance man’ after the Brighton win.
‘The midfielder split opinions last season,’ said the broadcasters. ‘For many, he embodied Chelsea's issues under Maurizio Sarri. But he has kept his place under Lampard, and his man-of-the-match display against Brighton showed his growing importance to this young Chelsea side.
‘The midfielder converted calmly from the spot for the opening goal and orchestrated Chelsea's attacks intelligently from the base of midfield. As well as leading the way for chances created, he ranked top for interceptions and recoveries.
‘It was a fine all-round performance from a player who is fast become a leader and role model for Chelsea's young players.’
The Mirror echoed the view as it explored how Jorginho’s game has evolved from last season
‘He is a complex character, but one who is learning to use the ball more forcefully and meaningfully than he did before,’ said the paper of the Italy midfielder.
‘Against Brighton on Saturday, when he scored a penalty, Jorginho was successful with 60 of his 64 attempted passes, but against the same opposition under Sarri in April it was 147 successes in 155 passes, with both being 90 minute appearances.
‘A little like golf, it is the lower number that is more impressive here, as Lampard seeks to turn a player so used to having the ball into an effective operator.’
Scotland can build team around Gilmour: Ferguson
Writing in the Daily Record, former Scotland captain Barry Ferguson has described Billy Gilmour as a special talent and believes the national team can be built around the Chelsea midfielder for many years to come.
The ex-Rangers skipper admits he was ‘gutted’ when Gilmour decided to leave the Glasgow club to join the Blues two year ago but he feels Scottish football will benefit from his talent for years to come.
‘There's something special about Billy Gilmour. Something very different from the rest,’ said Ferguson.
‘I was really excited when I saw he made his first start for Chelsea [against Grimsby in the Carabao Cup]. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time now because I am absolutely convinced this kid is going all the way to the top.
‘I’m excited for him. I’m excited for his family. But most of all I’m excited for Scottish football because I truly believe we’ll be building our national team around this boy for many, many years to come. To put it simply, we haven’t produced a player like this in decades.
‘This is a guy who can create and score goals and who does all his best work up the other end of the pitch. In other words, he’s a match winner and I can’t remember the last time Scotland had a player we could say that about.
‘Technically, there is no doubt in my mind that he has the ability to go as far in the game as he wants to. But we’ve all seen young boys come through in the past who had the world at their feet but who never quite managed to reach their full potential.
‘The thing that makes Billy that little bit different from the rest is his desire, attitude and hunger. I see it all in his eyes and that’s why I am so convinced we are talking about a special player.’