Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said that Fikayo Tomori now ranks in his top two centre-backs at the club after his performances at the start of this season.
The 21-year-old put in a standout performance against Liverpool last weekend, and he is almost guaranteed to start against Brighton this afternoon. When asked about where the defender currently sits in his plans, Lampard replied:
“There is competition in there, Tomori is now number one or two as it stands. They are really playing well. Age isn’t a huge story.”
Fans on Twitter have been echoing Lampard’s sentiments:
He should pair with Azpi, while Reece plays
right wing back
— ASOROCK 4U GMB (@jubiOMEIZA) 27 September 2019
Definitely the second best after Antonio now
— Kakaroto (@AAsmoke) 27 September 2019
It's hard to argue with especially the way he pocketed Salah
— James Farley (@jamesfarley235) 27 September 2019
Rudiger Tomori zouma Christensen
— Chelsea FC Fans (@delahanty_reese) 27 September 2019
As it should be
— D D Aniemz (@SirDoubleDee_) 27 September 2019
Tomori and Rudi top two no question.
— Rasen – DQ Greatness!! (@RasenRendanX) 27 September 2019
For me it's now Tomori Christensen Rudiger Zouma
— Mobolaji-Sanni Seun (@SeunMobolaji) 27 September 2019
Huge. Credit to Tomori. Here’s my ranking: https://t.co/JuuhJ8dKIy
— JMH (@ChelseaCentral_) 27 September 2019
Tomori has certainly shown himself to be one of the more composed and reliable centre-halves in the squad so far this season. With Antonio Rudiger still dealing with a groin injury, Tomori will likely be partnered by either Kurt Zouma or Andreas Christensen for the match versus the Seagulls.
Christensen is carrying a knock, and Lampard has said that he may have to play through the pain barrier if he selects him for the game today. In any case, the Blues boss will be trusting Tomori to be a rock in the defence whoever starts alongside him.