Last summer, Fikayo Tomori was in the “advanced stages” of a move to Everton — loan, probably, though we’ll never know for sure — but that collapsed in the wake of David Luiz’s sudden departure, which left an open spot for the Academy man in the first-team.
Tomori would go on to form a (relatively) steady partnership with Kurt Zouma (incidentally just back from his loan at Everton), but that collapsed as well once Antonio Rüdiger returned from his knee surgery. Tomori hardly saw the pitch after the turn of the year, with just 1 appearance in Chelsea’s last 18 league matches. His sudden disappearance from the first-team remains a bit of a mystery — his performances weren’t that bad — but he looks to be still the last-choice center back in the team at the moment. And that could spell trouble for his first-team prospects for next season, with the veteran Thiago Silva expected to agree terms in the next couple days.
Tomori has been linked with a loan move to Stade Rennais in Ligue 1, but perhaps a more beneficial move would be to stay in the Premier League. And according to the Telegraph, that just might be possible as Everton are once again “keeping an eye” on the situation — ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti wants another option at center back to go along with Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina, and Michael Keane.
If Tomori has to go out on loan, Everton might be a better option than most. This seems like a bit of throwaway rumor at the moment still, but if Silva is indeed incoming, and it sure sounds like he is, then one of the current four center backs need to leave... and for whatever reason, Youth Revolution™ or no Youth Revolution™, Tomori looks to be the odd man out. Fortunately, he signed a long-term contract in December, so we should only be talking about a loan and nothing more.