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New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has promised to give every player at the club the opportunity to prove their worth and push for a place in the team next season.
With former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill leaving the club this summer following the expiration of his contract, a new centre-back is needed at the club.
The transfer ban imposed on the club means Chelsea must replace Cahill from our loan army.
Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma impressed during their loan spell away from the club last season and both players will be fighting to earn a place in the team next season.
Both defenders are currently with the team in the training camp at Dublin and they will both know Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will have to choose one of them to remain with the team next season.
Tomori worked under Lampard at Derby last season and the 21 year old defender was named Derby’s Player of the Year after an excellent season with the Championship team.
Tomori made 55 appearances for Derby, scoring two goals as he helped Derby reach the playoff final.
24 year old Zouma has spent the last two seasons away on loan. The France international was a regular starter for Chelsea before he ruptured ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee which kept him out of action for nine months.
Zouma needed regular playing time after being out for so long and opted to leave the club on loan, first to Stoke City and then Everton.
Zouma made 36 appearances for Everton last season, scoring two goals.
Both players deserve to be in team next season after excelling while away on loan last and we shouldn’t be surprise if Lampard opts to keep both defenders since Antonio Rudiger will miss the start of the season.
Tomori or Zouma, who should Lampard keep in the team next season?