Leeds United have been linked to a move for Chelsea’s out of favour defender Fikayo Tomori. Speaking to Football Insider, Alex McLeish has urged the club to chase down this deal, claiming it would be a big move for both club and player.
Indeed, Tomori has struggled to find his way into Frank Lampard’s first team this season. The arrival of Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma’s strong form means there’s no room for the 22-year-old in the starting lineup. He has made just three appearances so far this campaign, with only one coming in the Premier League (via Transfermarkt).
As a rising talent, there’s only so long he can spend waiting on the bench. Moving to a side like Leeds would help him secure regular minutes and potentially become an ever-present figure in the team.
After Chelsea’s lavish spending spree over the summer, Roman Abramovich made it clear that the club must offload some senior players in order to balance the books. With no permanent outgoings yet this season, Lampard could look at fringe players like Tomori to offload and make back some cash.
Because of this, it’s unlikely he will cost much as Chelsea will just be eager to get the ball rolling in terms of sales. Not only could they land him for somewhere near his £15million Transfermarkt value, but he has been tipped for huge success.
Speaking to Football FanCast last year, Shaun Goater waxed lyrical about Tomori, labelling him as a “great talent” before boldly claiming that he could go on to become a “£100m player”.
With praise like this already being heaped on the defender, he just needs a chance to play enough and unleash his full potential. He definitely has the chance to do this at Leeds but it could come at the cost of Diego Llorente’s game time.
The summer recruit has been injured for all but one game of his maiden season at Leeds and patience could be wearing thin. In the absence of Robin Koch especially, Bielsa needs his players to step up.
The arrivals of Tomori could seriously hinder Llorente’s chances of establishing himself at Elland Road.