Yesterday was a very big occasion for Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori. It was the first time he would step on the pitch as a starter for the club he has been a part of for 14 years, one season after playing a big role in manager Frank Lampard’s Derby County side that nearly earned promotion from the Championship.
While his individual performance against Sheffield United at the Bridge was quite promising, the team’s level of play — especially in the second half — went in the opposite direction. Even in light of his full debut at Chelsea, he could not help but feel angry about the team not meeting their expectations in their 2-2 draw against the visitors.
“We’re all angry because when you’re 2-0 up at home then the game should be safe. We said at half-time that we wanted to up it again but we didn’t do that.
“This is Chelsea, we’re a big club and there’s a lot of expectations but we’re here to try to meet those expectations.”
And while there might be a lot of disappointment from seeing a 2-0 lead being wasted in such frustrating manner, there is also space for us to learn from mistakes. That is what Tomori hopes for the team moving forward.
“We conceded a goal really early on in the second half and it becomes very difficult when you do that. It’s disappointing but we just have to learn from it.”
Otherwise, Tomori did quite well in what can be very nervy circumstances for players who are not as experienced as our veterans at this high level of play. But this is what he and his fellow Academy members are aiming for this season: to surpass expectations, and claim a place in our plans for the present and future.
“I’m here to try and push everyone else in the squad in my position so it was nice to get my full debut. I’m very proud but it would have been even better for us to get the win.
“It’s what we’ve worked for all those years to achieve. Tammy and I have been here since we were seven and so has Mason, even though he’s the year younger than us.
“We’ve gone through the whole process and we’ve seen a lot of people come and go so to get to this stage is good but obviously now we want more. We want to really cement our places in the team and do big things for this club.”
-Fikayo Tomori; Source: Chelsea FC