Chelsea are currently blessed with five first team centre backs all competing for two regular spots in the back four.
Whilst this is great for squad depth and options, it will naturally create problems for those who are not playing regularly, and at the moment that is Fikayo Tomori, Andreas Christensen, and Antonio Rudiger.
As things stand, it is Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma who are Frank Lampard’s regular two centre backs, with Rudiger providing the first choice backup.
Things can often change over the course of the season, but if I was Tomori or Christensen right now, I’d be looking elsewhere for game time.
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Tomori has been in and out of Lampard’s plans in the last two seasons. Last season he began as a regular for Lampard, and he was one of his better early performers at the back. But after a few unsteady performances, Lampard dropped Tomori and we barely saw him again all season.
It was similar at the start of this season, Tomori was selected a few times, but has then seemingly dropped down the pecking order once again. Whether this is related to off-field issues or not remains to be seen, but unless Lampard starts selecting him more before the winter, Tomori must find a new team to join on loan in January for the sake of his career.
He refused to join West Ham on deadline day in the summer, a decision that he may well be regretting now. But his future is at Chelsea, and he is highly rated within the club and by Lampard – but something just isn’t clicking there right now collectively, and Tomori needs to play regular football in the Premier League as soon as possible.