Chelsea could sell academy graduate defender this month

By | January 8, 2021

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is readying a move for Chelsea outcast Fikayo Tomori as defensive cover following the German star Robin Koch’s injury.

The 24-year-old defender is set for at least two more months on the sidelines after suffering a long-term injury in a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Whites’ attacking philosophy has attracted praise from across the football landscape this season but Bielsa’s men have looked less impressive in defence, conceding 33 times this campaign at a rate of nearly two goals a match.

With the second worst defensive record in the English top-flight, Bielsa is keen to strengthen his defence and out-of-favour Tomori is available.

The Englishman broke into Chelsea’s senior team last season after returning to Stamford Bridge alongside manager Frank Lampard from a loan stint at Derby County.

However, he has been ostracised this season and has played just 45 minutes in the Premier League this campaign as a substitute in an early defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Tomori is now keen to depart to play first team football and the BBC say Elland Road is his ‘most likely’ destination.

The 22-year-old Blues man played 23 times for his side last season but his chances have been limited since the arrival of veteran Thiago Silva to Stamford Bridge, while the French star Kurt Zouma has regained his best form.

Fikayo joined the Blues back in 2005 and it’s likely that Frank will only sanction a loan move for the centre-half in the January transfer market, before reassessing his situation in the summer.