Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel today opened up briefly on Fikayo Tomori, admitting that, though the pair are yet to speak, he remains fully aware of the stopper’s potential.
English international Tomori of course departed Stamford Bridge late last month.
This came with the 23-year-old having fallen majorly down the central defensive pecking order in west London this season.
On the back of a solid campaign last time out, during which he racked up 22 appearances across all competitions, Tomori subsequently slipped behind all of new signing Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger in Frank Lampard’s list of options at the back.
In turn, just days before Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at the club, the gifted young stopper was farmed out on loan by Chelsea.
Tomori made the move to Italian giants AC Milan, where he will remain for the 2nd half of the campaign:
Good luck in Italy, @FikayoTomori_! 👊🇮🇹
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 22, 2021
‘Simply no time’
The stopper has since gone on to enjoy a solid start to life at the San Siro, with Tomori having been thrown in at the deep end amid a number of injury issues at the heart of Milan’s backline.
To this point, he has managed 5 appearances, including a pair of starts in Serie A.
In turn, having largely impressed the Rossoneri faithful, questions have already begun to be asked regarding the possibility of those in a position of power on the red half of Milan making the Chelsea man’s signing permanent.
Stefano Pioli’s men have the option to do so come the end of the campaign, for a rumoured fee of £26.6 million.
The Serie A high-flyers’ gain, though, could of course, long-term, prove to be Chelsea’s loss.
Many of a Blues persuasion remain convinced that Tomori will eventually go on to develop into a top-notch defender, who could have played a key role in the club’s backline for years to come.
In turn, speaking in a press conference this afternoon, Thomas Tuchel was drawn on the subject of the loanee stopper’s future, and whether he has given any thought to the subject.
The German, however, admitted that, as of yet, he has simply had ‘no time’ to consider the possibility of Tomori’s return:
‘To be very honest, I did not spend too many minutes thinking about Tomori – not because I don’t like him and don’t see his potential, but there was simply no time.’
‘It’s tradition in Chelsea that many players are on loan and get minutes somewhere else when they cannot make regular minutes here. This is good because it’s always the target to have players who can make it in different circumstances, who can show their qualities in different cultures and clubs.’
The Chelsea boss later went on to confirm that discussions regarding those currently out on loan from Stamford Bridge will take place over the months ahead, before adding that he is fully aware of Tomori’s ‘high, high potential’:
‘We will have this talk in the next weeks and months about all the guys who are on loan. But of course, I have a general impression of Tomori, which is that he has high, high potential, but I’m not into details right now. The time will come for that.’
🗣 “I did not spend too many minutes thinking about Tomori, not because I don’t like him, not because I don’t see his potential. There was simply no time.”
Thomas Tuchel says Fikayo Tomori has high potential but admits he hasn’t spent enough time on the player pic.twitter.com/bvFtiKxGda
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 19, 2021
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