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Fikayo Tomori was a key player for Frank Lampard during his time as Derby County manager, and it was the centre-back who was even named as Derby’s player of the year during his loan spell at the club.
Last season, Tomori also had a part to play in the Chelsea team especially during the first half of the campaign.
After a lack of playing opportunities during the restart, Tomori was to go out on loan during the summer transfer window, but a move never materialised.
Before the game against Morecambe on Sunday, Tomori had only featured in three appearances for the club, which isn’t good for a player of his calibre and for his development.
Lampard has revealed that Tomori could be set for a loan exit this January, but also hailed the 23-year-old’a attitude despite being benched.
“Situation with Fikayo is open at the moment. There is a possibility he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else,” Lampard said. “So that would have to be the solution for him and the club.
“That was part of my thinking of not starting him today. I gave him some minutes at the end but while we are looking at that I wanted to make sure it was the right thing for the club and for him and individually.
“So that’s why he didn’t start – but his attitude, even though he hasn’t played much recently, has been fantastic in training and in how he is.”