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Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori starred on loan at Championship club Derby last term under Frank Lampard last season and was a key part of the Derby squad.
Tomori matured a lot on loan and it was expected that he was to go on another loan spell due to the competition in Chelsea’s defence. The Blues currently have five centre-backs, with David Luiz, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger the other four centre halfs at the club.
However, with the recent David Luiz situation, it is expected that Tomori will remain at the club and fight for a place in defence.
Everton were interested in signing Kurt Zouma on a permanent deal after the France international spent last season on loan at the club. But with Frank Lampard keen on keeping Zouma, the club now turned attention to Tomori.
Reports claim that Lampard couldn’t assure Luiz of a place in the Chelsea team, and this caused his move to Arsenal.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown has warned Gunners boss Unai Emery to avoid signing Luiz. According to Keown, Luiz is a mistake prone player and will be a hazard in that Arsenal defence.
“If I was at Arsenal and had the ear of Unai Emery, I would be advising my manager not to sign David Luiz,” he told the Daily Mail.
“Walk away from this deal. This is not the defender for you. It’s too high risk.
“Yes, Arsenal want a centre back, but is Luiz the answer to their prayers? I don’t think so.
“The way the 32-year-old plays, he would be exposed in that Arsenal defence. He would not get the same protection that he enjoys at Chelsea, where N’Golo Kante patrols in front of the back line.
“In possession, Luiz is a wonderful passer, but he makes mistakes when playing as part of a back four.
“He has a tendency to lose his marker and is one of those all-or-nothing players — if he doesn’t win the ball in a challenge, then congratulations because you’re in.”