Fikayo Tomori is glad that he was able to settle in well with the Blues quite early on.
It helped him to achieve the level he is at now, and prove his worth to the rest of the team.
‘It was just about me feeling like I belonged and that I could play at this level,’ the 22-year-old tells the official Chelsea website. ‘I had spent two-and-a-half years in the Championship and with Derby last season I managed to win Player of the Year and get to Wembley for the play-off final so I knew I’d had a good season.
The centre-back started off with Chelsea academy at only eight years old, but made his first appearance for Chelsea in August 2019, having been out on loan previously.
‘I wanted to challenge myself at the next level, which was the Premier League. I wanted to do it for Chelsea, the club that I’ve been at since I was eight; a club that’s won the Champions League, the Premier League, FA Cups, everything.
‘They won the Europa League the previous season so being able to come into that team and show myself, show the manager and the fans and my team-mates, show everyone that I could play at that level, was really important.