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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 or at right-back through the age groups. He made his youth team debut while still an Under-16 before going on to feature as a regular for Joe Edwards’s side in his first season as a scholar.

He started every game as the Under-18s successfully defended the 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 the season.

He was an Under-21 regular in 2015/16 while also developing a goalscoring knack, with goals in the final of both the Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League. Fikayo made his first team debut as a substitute on the final day of the campaign against Leicester City and was named the Academy Player of the Year at club's annual awards.

Tomori signed a new contract in August 2016, which commits him to Chelsea until the end of the 2019/20 season, before making his England Under-20 debut the following month. Having played for the development squad for the first half of the 2016/17 season, it was announced in the 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 sub appearances in all competitions for the south coast club, who won promotion to Premier League as Championship runners-up.

There was major success too in the summer of 2017 when playing in central defence alongside Chelsea colleague Jake Clarke-Salter, Tomori was a mainstay of the England 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.

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. He played 26 times on Humberside and filled in across a back four which often contained Chelsea colleagues 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. 

He played for England Under-21s at the European Championships in the summer of 2019, and under the returning Lampard and Morris was made a part of the senior squad at Chelsea. He came on during the 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. 

Tomori kept his place for the trip to Wolves 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. 

His presence in the side and good form continued to such an extent he earned his maiden senior England call-up in October. Meanwhile at club level, 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.