Fikayo Tomori lined up for January loan transfer

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is happy with Fikayo Tomori's new contract.  Tomori signed a new five-year contract on Thursday.

Chelsea will allow defender Fikayo Tomori to be loaned out in January, according to reports.

The news will spark a fight between the Premier League teams over the England international.

According to the Telegraph, 22-year-old Tomori will be able to go out for the remainder of the season after falling into the pecking order.

He is currently competing for a spot with Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Andrea Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

The product of the academy has only started in the Carabao Cup so far this year.

The Telegraph adds that injuries to Lampard’s alternative options could see plans altered.

Tomori will not be short of suitors, with Everton taking him seriously in the summer before signing Ben Godfrey.

Leaky defenses have been a major problem for many Premier League teams so far this season, and even champion Liverpool have left a whopping 16 goals.

Tomori’s hopes of entering Chelsea this season suffered a severe blow at the weekend when Lampard turned to Antonio Rudiger to replace Thiago Silva in a 2-0 win against Newcastle.

After the game, the Blues manager admitted the problems of having five centers at his disposal and sang the praises of Tomori’s rival Rudiger.

He said: “I spoke before the game that many coaches would love to have five center-backs, but it brings difficulties, as you can only choose two if you play behind four and then two or three are not happy.

“It is not easy to get directly into a team if you don’t play so regularly and give up.

“That means you need a good attitude during the week and a good attitude in the way they prepare.

“I have confidence in Toni. I think he came in and thought his performance with Kurt was very strong. Everything that came in the box was handled very well. They had a lot of ball and they moved it well.

“I am very happy because it is very important to have a strong team this year with the schedule as it is. For Toni to come in and play and keep a clean sheet was brilliant for him and brilliant for me.

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