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Name Fikayo Tomori
Gender Male
Ethnic Nigerian
Job Nigerian Footballer
Desc Another young Chelsea player to impress on loan at Pride Park, Tomori has looked up to Lampard since coming through the youth ranks in west London

Affiliation

Org England National Team
Club as Player Chelsea FC

2019 05 22 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard the manager] Coming from Chelsea, he is a legend. Not too long ago, I was in the academy there and he was scoring for Chelsea. I was watching his games whilst he was there and now he’s managing me. I know he knows what he is talking about. He has been at the highest level of the game, played for England and Chelsea, so for him to be my manager, I know he wants the best for me

2019 11 18 Retrieve

[Fikayo Tomori has risen sharply, having been thrust into top-flight action by Frank Lampard] It’s pretty mad. If you told me 12 months ago that I’d make my England debut I’d probably have looked at you funny because it just seemed so far away. But now that I’m here I’m grateful. It’s been a lot of hard work and determination, a lot of focus

[Tomori is on a good run of his own, having won nine and drawn one of his last 10 outings with Chelsea and England] With six wins on the bounce and a good position in the table people are going to say that. but we’re just focusing on ourselves . At the same time I don’t think we should limit ourselves to anything

2020 03 19 Retrieve

[Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori says John Terry is an inspiration to the club’s young players] Obviously we had John Terry who had made that step from the academy and he was the player I looked at when thinking of the pathway to the first team.

The club has really developed since he broke in to where we are now, with a lot of academy players involved. In recent years we have seen a lot of players get close to that level but probably not have a sustained run in the side like the younger players have had this season.

So JT was the one we looked at as the inspiration that we could get a chance here at Chelsea, and that was always the motivation. Once you get there [playing for the senior team] the challenge then is to stay there, to keep your place and try to impress the manager

The manager has been great, certainly with me and the younger players. He put his trust in us from day one, even earlier for me and Mason [Mount] because he took us on loan with him to Derby. He has the confidence to play the younger players if we are performing well in training, he gives us that opportunity and that’s massive. I feel that I’m ready to come back in [and play] but I’m not knocking the manager’s door down or anything. I want to show him on the training ground with my performances and attitude and I trust the manager to decide when it is right for me to play. I’m still young, I’m still learning and it’s the football that does the talking.

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[When asked about the fastest player at Chelsea] Personally, I’d say I’m up there with (Antonio) Rudiger because if you see the stats from matchdays, it’s me and him who are at the top. I think Callum (Hudson-Odoi) comes in lately with a good score

[When Christian Pulisic was revealed having the highest pace stats on FIFA 20 among Chelsea players, Tomori was not surprised] For the first 10-15 yards, he is really, really quick. And on the pitch, it what really matters

[Then he was asked about the slowest player at Chelsea. Tomori laughed at first but then said] It’s Jorginho, isn’t it?

[Tomori hailed Jorginho and Giroud] They have got a yard (in their head), they always think two steps ahead

2020 04 08 Retrieve

[In an interview with Soccer AM, Tomori was asked about the moment where he threw Ziyech off balance with a silky turn] I wasn’t going to mention it. It just kind of happened, I was not thinking ‘I’m going to do a Cruyff turn’. Then when he signed, you know, lots of people were sending me the video. Hopefully, he is going to do it to other people next season