Center-back Tomori broke into Chelsea’s first team in style last season and scored a nice long-range shot in the 5-2 win at Wolves to announce his arrival in the Premier League.
The The 23-year-old even made his debut in England last season after drawing the attention of boss Gareth Southgate, but has failed to maintain that upward trend at Stamford Bridge this season.
Many Chelsea fans commented became frustrated with Tomori’s loan, but Lampard insisted that the academic can still thrive in West London in the long term.
Ciao @acmilan fans👋🏾.
It’s an honor to have this opportunity to fight for this great club and I can’t wait to show myself on the field.
Un grande abbraccio # ForzaMilan❤️🖤. pic.twitter.com/rd55HvHdOA
– Fikayo Tomori (@fikayotomori_) January 22, 2021
I’m honored to have this opportunity to fight for this great club and I can’t wait to show myself on the field.
When Lampard was asked to explain to these angry supporters on why Tomori left temporarily, he said: « Because I have five center-backs and I can’t do this job and I expect to please every fan; this is football
» Which players to choose or not, whether you are based on consistency looking for an unbeaten run, there are questions.
« Fikayo is a developing player, a very good player. He will be a top player. »
Chelsea will be in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Luton Align Sunday. Lampard will likely set up a strong line-up to get the Blues back in shape.
Five losses in eight Premier League games have put Lampard on thin ice and put Chelsea out of the way to keep the top 4 and the race for the Champions League Qualifications to stay in touch.
The arrival of Thiago Silva in the summer had not only left Tomori behind the extremely experienced Brazilian, but also Kurt Zouma, Toni Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen.
Lampard insisted that he Has a ‘long-term plan’ to bring Tomori to his full potential in the Chelsea blue, but at least until the end of the season he will wear the Milan red and black.
« I’ve seen him do his Arriving at Derby when he was a pretty quiet boy, one of the best defenders in the championship and a regular for both Chelsea and England, « said Lampard.
The technical director and AC Milan star Paolo Maldini is a long-time admirer of Tomori, who is in the Rossoneri squad and who could make his debut in the Serie A clash with Atalanta on Saturday night.
Milan have retained the option to buy Tomori under the loan agreement what would mean a £ 25 million summer fee, though the Italian giants are unlikely to be able to raise those funds.