Fikayo Tomori on the verge of joining Leeds United on loan for six months

Fikayo Tomori is on the verge of joining Leeds United on loan until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old England international has featured just three times for Frank Lampard’s side in all competitions this season. This includes one solitary league appearance from the bench.

Tomori’s situation has been unexplainable. The young defender fell completely out of favour after an excellent start to his Chelsea career. With Lampard preferring Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, Tomori fell to fifth choice defender once Thiago Silva was signed from PSG.

COBHAM, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori of Chelsea before a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E stage match between Chelsea FC and FC Sevilla at Chelsea Training Ground on November 23, 2020 in Cobham, United Kingdom. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY DARREN WALSH/CHELSEA FC VIA GETTY IMAGES.

Chelsea are sure to be offloading one central defender in January and it appears that man will be Tomori.

Leeds injuries

With injuries to Robin Koch, Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente, Leeds’ central defensive options look thin. Therefore, Marcelo Bielsa will be keen to strengthen his options and Tomori fits the bill as a short-term option.

He is available immediately and could go straight into a Leeds side struggling for options in defence. With the second-worst defensive record in the league, improvement in this area is essential if Leeds want to establish themselves in the top half of the league.

Suitability

With his speed and passing ability, Tomori ticks many boxes for a defender for Marcelo Bielsa.

HULL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 25: A cameraman films Fikayo Tomori of Chelsea as he acknowledges the fans following the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City FC and Chelsea FC at KCOM Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Hull, England. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY CLIVE MASON/GETTY IMAGES.

The youngster managed 1.9 tackles and 2.8 clearances per 90 in 2019/20, showing a capability to cope well in a high defensive line. This ability will be essential if he moves to Leeds since their defenders are faced with counter-attacks on a regular basis.

Bielsa’s Leeds are notoriously attack-minded, especially for a team with relatively limited resources. Such is their domination of the ball, defenders must be able to pass the ball well. Tomori’s 87.4% pass completion in 2019/20 highlights his efficient use of the ball.

Tomori is certainly a suitable profile to play in Leeds’ system. His speed, passing ability and recovery tackling are all necessities when playing in the way Bielsa does.

Likelihood

Tomori’s availability is clear with Leeds the favourites to secure the defender. Newcastle are also linked with the Chelsea man, however, Leeds are the better option from a footballing perspective.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Fikayo Tomori of Chelsea during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 29, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around United Kingdom remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY VISIONHAUS.

However, the deal could be threatened by Frank Lampard’s tetchy relationship with Marcelo Bielsa.

The infamous Spygate scandal saw the rivalry between Lampard and Bielsa heat up significantly. Chelsea and Leeds’ historical rivalry shouldn’t scupper the move but Lampard’s history with Bielsa could be a stumbling point.

However, if the Leeds loan were to go through, Tomori would benefit significantly. It would be a good move for all parties. Both clubs and the player himself should be desperately trying to force this move through until the end of the season.

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