In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Fikayo Tomori is praised after making his first Premier League start for the Blues, Kenedy is linked with a move to a Spanish club and Tiemoue Bakayoko is pleased to be back on familiar ground at Monaco.
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Tomori praised after solid first start
He may not have enjoyed a victory on his first start for Chelsea but youngster Fikayo Tomori made a big impression on the Sun in the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United during the weekend.
The 21-year-old made his debut for the Blues in a 1-1 draw with Leicester in May 2016 and after loan spells at Brighton, Hull City and Derby County, he was given the nod by Frank Lampard to start alongside Kurt Zouma against the Blades.
And the Sun felt he justified his selection with a solid display which ‘will have given Lampard plenty of food for thought’.
‘Tomori impressed with arguably the best individual defensive performance by a Blues defender this season,’ the paper added
‘He didn't put a foot wrong all game, physically dominating the Sheffield United strikers and helping to marshal the back four. He played neat and tidy when he needed to and also played no-nonsense when it was needed.
‘Lampard continues to trust his youth and looks like he's unearthed another diamond in the centre-back.
‘Tomori's performance really gives Lampard something to think about.
‘With Antonio Rudiger coming back, and presumably the first-choice as the best and most experienced centre-back, Lampard has a decision to make on his partner.’
Kenedy linked with move to Getafe
With the transfer window set to close in Spain on Monday, Chelsea winger Kenedy could be set to join La Liga side Getafe, according to reports in Spain.
The 22-year-old Brazilian had been linked with a move to Italian side Sassuolo but reports from Spanish radio network Cadena SER indicate he may instead be headed to the Madrid club, who are looking for a winger after failing to agree a loan deal with Valencia for Jason.
‘The arrival of Jason on loan to Getafe is very complicated, despite an agreement between the clubs. Getafe is now negotiating with Chelsea on a deal for the Brazilian Kenedy,’ said Caderna SER journalist Jose David Palacio in a tweet.
Bakayoko glad to be back at Monaco
Tiemoue Bakayoko has told Monaco’s official website he is happy to be back at the Ligue 1 club and looking to use his experience to revive the club’s fortunes after their slow start to the season.
Bakayoko helped Monaco win the French league title in 2017 before joining the Blues but the principality club narrowly avoided relegation last season and are second from last after taking only two points from their first four games of the campaign.
Having re-joined them from Chelsea on loan for the season, the French midfielder hopes to help turn things around for the Monegasques.
‘I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco, a club with which I keep fantastic memories,’ said the 25-year-old.
‘Since 2017, I had the opportunity to have two very good experiences with Chelsea and Milan.
‘I hope to be able to integrate as quickly as possible in this collective, in an environment that I already know, and especially with the desire to bring to the group what I know how to make a good season.’