Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has questioned whether Chelsea centre-back pairing Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori are good enough in possession to play under Frank Lampard.
The TV pundit says the two defenders are decent enough in terms of their defensive qualities but he has major worries about their ability on the ball:
“I’d be a little bit worried about his two centre-halves, the way he wants to play are they good enough on the ball? I think defensively they’re okay but they look a bit nervous on the ball to me, which can create nerves throughout the team.”
There is no doubt that Tomori, in particular, is not always the most assured in possession, but that doesn’t seem to be down to ability but simply a lack of concentration and experience.
Zouma and Tomori have barely over 100 appearances between them in a Chelsea shirt, and Lampard is placing some big demands on the pair, both with and without the ball.
Certainly, improvements need to be made but with Zouma 25 years of age, and Tomori just 21, they have time on their side to iron out the kinks and develop a great partnership in the centre of defence.