DATE OF BIRTH19 December 1997
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.