Their season may have ended in playoff final disappointment at Wembley, but Fikayo Tomori had himself a rather excellent year on loan at Frank Lampard’s Derby County, playing in almost every game of the long and grueling and extended season.
With 81 appearances under his belt in the Championship across 2.5 loan-seasons with Brighton, Hull, and Derby, Tomori has certainly proven himself at that level and is surely more than ready for the step up. This is of course where the biggest trouble lies in Chelsea’s Loan Army programme.
So, what’s next for the 21-year-old center back who has two years left on his Chelsea contract?
The one thing that nobody mentions is him possibly sticking around Stamford Bridge, unlike his fellow Chelsea loanee at Pride Park, Mason Mount.
Derby would probably love to have him back and if they had gotten promoted to the Premier League, this might be an easy decision for all involved. Another loan to Derby or any other team in the second division can surely be ruled out however.
Scottish Premier League champions Celtic have also registered interest, and while the SPL isn’t exactly a big challenge either, Celtic do have European games to contest as well. They were first linked with a loan move last month, which returned yesterday in an off-hand mention by the Daily Mail.
The Mail also mention that some unnamed Bundesliga sides are interest as well, and, in the most important bit, casually drop that Tomori “is expected to leave Stamford Bridge permanently for a fee in excess of £10m this summer”.