Fikayo Tomori

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Fikayo Tomori
Tomori vs Liverpool 2019.jpg
Tomori playing for Chelsea in 2019
Personal information
Full name Oluwafikayomi Oluwadamilola Tomori[1]
Date of birth (1997-12-19) 19 December 1997 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Milan
(on loan from Chelsea)
Number 23
Youth career
2005–2016 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Chelsea 17 (1)
2017Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 9 (0)
2017–2018Hull City (loan) 25 (0)
2018–2019Derby County (loan) 44 (1)
2021–Milan (loan) 9 (0)
National team
2016 Canada U20 3 (0)
2016 England U19 5 (0)
2016–2017 England U20 15 (0)
2017–2019 England U21 15 (0)
2019– England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:20, 10 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:24, 17 November 2019 (UTC)

Oluwafikayomi Oluwadamilola "Fikayo" Tomori (born 19 December 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Serie A club Milan, on loan from Chelsea and the England national team. Born in Calgary to Nigerian parents, Fikayo has represented both Canada and England at youth level. Mainly playing as a centre-back, Tomori can also play as a right-back.[3]

Early life[edit]

Tomori was born in Calgary, Alberta.[4] Growing up, his footballing idol was Thierry Henry.[5]

Club career[edit]

Chelsea[edit]

2005–16: Youth career[edit]

Tomori joined Chelsea at under-8 level and progressed through the club's academy system.[6] He was part of the Chelsea youth side which recorded back to back triumphs in both the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup in 2015 and 2016.[6]

On 11 May 2016, Tomori was named upon the first-team substitute bench along with fellow academy players Tammy Abraham and Kasey Palmer, in Chelsea's 1–1 draw with Liverpool. However, he failed to make an appearance at Anfield.[7] On 15 May 2016, in Chelsea's final game of the 2015/16 campaign, Tomori made his professional debut in a 1–1 draw with Premier League champions Leicester City, replacing Branislav Ivanović in the 60th minute.[8] Although Tomori was included in the United States pre-season tour, he did not make a single appearance.[9] On 1 August 2016, Tomori signed a new four-year contract ahead of the 2016–17 campaign.[10] On 12 August 2016, Tomori was handed the number 33 shirt prior to the season's beginning, switching from his previous number 43.[11]

2017: Loan to Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 23 January 2017, Tomori joined Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on loan for the remainder of the 2016–17 campaign.[12] Five days later, Tomori made his Brighton debut in a 3–1 away defeat against National League side Lincoln City in the FA Cup fourth round, in which he scored an own goal to give Lincoln the lead.[13] On 18 February 2017, Tomori made his league debut for Brighton, in their 2–0 away victory against Barnsley, replacing Anthony Knockaert in stoppage time of the second half.[14] On 18 March 2017, Tomori was given his first start for Brighton in their 2–0 away defeat against Leeds United, featuring for the entire 90 minutes.[15]

2017–18: Loan to Hull City[edit]

On 31 August 2017, Tomori joined Championship side Hull City on a season long loan deal.[16] He made his debut on 13 September 2017, in a 2–1 defeat away to Fulham.[17]

2018–19: Loan to Derby County[edit]

On 6 August 2018, Tomori joined Championship side Derby County on a season long loan.[18] He made his debut on 11 August in a 1–4 loss against Leeds United.[19][20] His time at the club saw him named the club's "Player of the Year".[21]

2019–present: Return to Chelsea[edit]

Following the expiration of his loan, Tomori returned to Chelsea where he was given the No. 29 shirt.[22] On 31 August 2019, Tomori made his first start for Chelsea against Sheffield United, which ended a 2–2 draw at Stamford Bridge.[23] He scored his first goal for Chelsea on 14 September 2019, opening the scoring with long-range curler from outside the box, in a 5–2 away win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.[24] He scored a header against former club Hull City to help Chelsea to a 2–1 win in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the KCOM Stadium on 25 January 2020.[25]

Loan to Milan[edit]

On 22 January 2021, Tomori joined Italian side Milan on loan for the remainder of the 2020–21 season with an option to buy.[26] Four days later, he made his debut in the Coppa Italia quarter-final against Inter Milan in the Milan Derby, coming on as a substitute for the injured Simon Kjær. The match ended in a 2–1 away defeat.[27]

International career[edit]

Tomori was eligible to represent Nigeria at international level through his parents,[28] Canada through his birth in Calgary and England through his upbringing having lived in the country since he was a toddler.[6][29]

Canadian national youth team[edit]

On 27 March 2016, Tomori captained Canada U20 to a 2–1 victory over England U20 on his third appearance for the nation.[30][31]

England national youth teams[edit]

On 16 May 2016, in the next international break and a day after making his professional club debut, Tomori was called up to the England U19 squad.[30] On 4 June 2016, Tomori made his England U19 debut in a 2–0 defeat against Mexico U20s, playing the full 90 minutes.[32] Tomori was also part of the England 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship squad which reached the semi-finals before being knocked out by Italy.

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

Tomori was selected for the England under-20 team in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Tomori however scored an own goal in England's second group game against Guinea.[33] Nevertheless, Tomori would help England beat Venezuela in the final 1–0, which is England's first win in a global tournament since their World Cup victory of 1966.[34]

England U21s[edit]

On 27 May 2019, Tomori was included in England's 23-man squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[35]

England senior team[edit]

On 3 October 2019, Tomori received his first call-up to the England senior squad for forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifying matches.[36] He later said he was committed to playing for England, following interest from Nigeria and Canada; he had previously represented Canada at youth level.[37] Tomori made his debut for England on 17 November 2019 against Kosovo.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 10 April 2021[39]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea 2015–16[40] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2019–20[41] Premier League 15 1 2 1 0 0 4[c] 0 1[d] 0 22 2
2020–21[42] Premier League 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Total 17 1 3 1 2 0 4 0 1 0 27 2
Chelsea U23 2016–17[43] 2[e] 0 2 0
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 2016–17[43] Championship 9 0 1 0 10 0
Hull City (loan) 2017–18[44] Championship 25 0 1 0 26 0
Derby County (loan) 2018–19[45] Championship 44 1 4 0 4 1 3[f] 0 55 2
Milan (loan) 2020–21[46] Serie A 9 0 1 0 4[g] 0 14 0
Career total 104 2 10 1 6 1 8 0 6 0 134 4
  1. ^ Includes FA Cup and Coppa Italia
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  5. ^ Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy
  6. ^ Appearance(s) in Championship play-offs
  7. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 17 November 2019[47]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2019 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Chelsea Youth

England U20

England U21

Individual

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  35. ^ "ENGLAND U21S SQUAD NAMED BY AIDY BOOTHROYD FOR THIS SUMMER'S EURO FINALS IN ITALY". The FA. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
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  42. ^ "Games played by Fikayo Tomori in 2020/2021". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
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