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Fikayo Tomori

BIOGRAPHY

Fikayo Tomori joined the club as an Under-8 and has played predominantly on the right side of central defence since joining the first-team set-up, but has also played as right-back through the age groups and during loan spells.

One of several promising young Academy graduates to emerge during the 2019/20 season, Canadian-born England international Tomori possesses a potent combination of pace and awareness in defence.

Academy

He made his youth-team debut while still an Under-16 before going on to feature as a regular for Joe Edwards’ side in his first season as a scholar.

He started every game as the Under-18s successfully defended the FA Youth Cup and featured in eight of the 10 UEFA Youth League matches on the way to victory in Switzerland. His strong performances at the back also earned him an Under-21 debut and he made half a dozen appearances for Adi Viveash’s side before the end of 2015/16.

He was an Under-21 regular the next season, while also developing a goal-scoring knack, with goals in the final of both the Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League, and was named our Academy Player of the Year at club's annual awards.

2015/16

Fikayo was given his first-team debut by Guus Hiddink as a substitute on the final day of the campaign against Leicester City, playing the last 30 minutes of a 1-1 draw with the newly crowned Premier League champions (below). That summer he signed a new contract which committed him to Chelsea until the end of the 2019/20 season.

2017/18

Tomori came on for Victor Moses in the first game of our Asian tour in 2017 and played at right wing-back. He was on the bench at the start of the season before switching to Hull for a loan on transfer deadline day.

2019/20

Under the returning Frank Lampard and Jody Morris, Tomori was made a part of the senior squad at Chelsea. He came on during the UEFA Super Cup loss in Istanbul and then made his full debut for the Blues in a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United at the Bridge, looking composed throughout. It was the start of 10 consecutive starts in the Premier League.

Tomori kept his place for the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers and lit the game up with a stunning opening goal, his first for the club. The ball ran to him a good 30 yards out and he whipped a controlled yet powerful strike into the top left-hand corner, setting us on our way to an impressive 5-2 win. It would later be voted as our Goal of the Season by fans.

His presence in the side and good form continued as the Blues won six league games in a row, helped by the burgeoning relationship at centre-back during that time of Tomori and Kurt Zouma.

The centre-back also started our first four Champions League fixtures of the season, setting up Tammy Abraham’s goal against Lille and earning widespread praise for his part in a keeping a clean sheet during our 1-0 win away at Ajax.

In December he signed a new five-year contract, but 2020 brought a sustained period out of the starting line-up. His one Premier League start came in a 2-2 draw away to Bournemouth in February. However, he did appear in FA Cup wins over Nottingham Forest and Hull, scoring a header in the latter game at one of his former loan clubs, as the Blues reached that competition’s final.

Loan

Having played for the development squad for the first half of the 2016/17 season, it was announced in January that he would spend the second half of the campaign on loan in the Championship at high-flying Brighton.

Tomori made his debut in an FA Cup match against Lincoln and recovered from scoring an own goal to begin to feature more frequently throughout February and March, including in big games against Reading, Newcastle and Leeds. By the end of the season he had made three starts and seven substitute appearances in all competitions for the south-coast club, who won promotion to Premier League as Championship runners-up.

The 2017/18, he played 26 times on loan with Hull City and filled in across a back four which often contained fellow Chelsea loanees Ola Aina and Michael Hector.

In August 2018 it was announced he would be spending another season on loan in the Championship, at Derby County under the management of Frank Lampard and Jody Morris. It was a profitable year there to say the least. Tomori was a fixture in the side, making 55 appearances and scoring twice as the Rams made it all the way to the Championship play-off final at Wembley. He was voted Derby's Player of the Year.

International

He made his England Under-20 debut in September 2016 and the following summer played in central defence alongside Chelsea colleague Jake Clarke-Salter as a mainstay of the side that won the Under-20 World Cup held in South Korea. He was involved in an unfortunate long-range own-goal early in the tournament, but it did not dent his confidence and clean sheets were kept in the quarter-final against Mexico and final against Venezuela.

He played for England Under-21s at the European Championship in the summer of 2019, before receiving his maiden senior call-up in October. Tomori made his England debut in a European Championship qualifying victory away to Kosovo, a month after his first call-up. It marked a significant step forward for the man who was born in Calgary, Canada, but represented England at youth level with great success.