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Chelsea To Consider Sending This Defender Out On Loan This Winter: Good Move For Both Parties?

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In a recent report, The Telegraph (subscription required) has claimed that Chelsea are willing to consider sending Fikayo Tomori out on loan when the transfer window reopens in January. The Blues centre-back is struggling to get regular game time at West London this season, so Frank Lampard might consider sanctioning his loan departure during the winter transfer period (via The Telegraph).

Tomori’s Recent Frustrations At The English Capital

Tomori has only made three appearances for Chelsea this term, receiving a total of 224 minutes of game time in various competitions. The lack of game time has disrupted his recent progress at Stamford Bridge which is why Lampard should let him leave on loan at the start of next year.

The Calgary-born defensive ace was a valuable member of the Blues squad last season when he featured in 22 matches for them, registering two goals, one assist and four yellow cards on all fronts. The 22-year-old showed great maturity in the previous campaign as he averaged 1.9 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 2.8 clearances, 0.5 shots and 0.6 dribbles per game in the Premier League. Tomori was also an accurate ball-distributor based on his pass completion rate of 87.4% in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

The English centre-half needs to start games more often if he wants to continue getting better with each season. He might enjoy some time away from Stamford Bridge, so this January transfer window could be an ideal chance for him to go out on loan in search of more game time in the second half of this campaign.

Chelsea to consider sending Tomori out on loan this winter (Tomori is celebrating in the picture)
Fikayo Tomori of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City and Chelsea at KCOM Stadium on January 25, 2020, in Hull, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

What Will The English Defender Offer On The Field?

Standing at 1.84m, Tomori can be a towering presence inside his penalty area and is proficient at using his strong frame to win his fair share of aerial duels at the back. He proved his worth as a capable defender last season but has since lost his way at the English capital.

The English youngster has also got the pace to make some recovering runs inside his half and can also pull off some important interceptions for his team. He is even quick to spot the danger and is not afraid to clear his lines when called into action.

Tomori Set To Go Out On Loan In January: Good Move For Both Parties?

At 22, Tomori is on the verge of establishing himself as a regular starter in the Premier League. Hence, it makes a lot of sense for him to temporarily seal a move away from Chelsea, preferably to another top-flight club this winter.

The Blues will hope that Tomori can learn from his loan experience and come back as a better version of himself next summer so that he is ready to be a regular feature in Lampard’s first-team in the years to come.

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