Frank Lampard is impressed by youngster Fikayo Tomori and says that his consistency is the most important element for his induction in the first team.
Manager Lampard considers him a pet project and he is keeping a close eye on him.
“Yes, he is a project in a way but a nice one because everything you want him to do, he stands up and delivers.”
Chelsea wanted to loan him out in the summer, as he was a fringe player during the pre-season. Everton was interested. But as Chelsea sold David Luiz to Arsenal, the manager decided to keep him.
He was still a back-up choice. But injuries to fellow teammates and his good form since his first-team debut against Sheffield United has made him an important player for the team.
The 21-year-old was on loan at Derby County last season and was being coached by Frank Lampard.
Talking about Fikayo, Lampard said, “He was quiet at Derby. He was quite quiet with me – he wasn’t quiet when they were all together.”
“From a distance. He has definitely got personality.”
“He became very popular in the dressing room and popular with the fans because of his performances.”
“Fikayo was Player of the Year. The progression was huge but the main thing I saw in him was work ethic. He quietly goes about his business. He trains hard, everything you ask him to do he tries to do and more. Physically he is great – we know that.”
“And I think that has really shown itself in his performances since he stepped into the team. I put trust in him early in the season – I think that was obvious with the way the pre-season went with the centre-backs. At the moment, he has really delivered and long may that continue.”
“I think there is a lot more to come still. You don’t know until you put players in. Against Sheffield United at home was a game where I thought he deserved his opportunity for his training, how he trained.”
“That is a great message to all the players: how you train will relate to whether you get picked. Those are the rules here. You have to train at a level. And he trained so well for a period of time he deserved it against Sheffield United and then he gave me a big problem because he played so well and he has continued to do that.”
Frank Lampard seems impressed. And fans are happy with him!