Lampard told Chelsea exit a huge blunder in gifting role to woeful alternative

Date published: Thursday 21st January 2021 2:30

Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori Chelsea

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer feels “surprised” that the Blues are allowing Fikayo Tomori to move to AC Milan.

Several reports, including from Sky Sports, suggest that the centre-back is on the verge of signing a loan deal with the Serie A side.

The 23-year-old has only featured once in the Premier League this season. What’s more, he has only made the matchday squad on four other occasions in Chelsea’s 18 games.

Recent signing Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma have instead formed a partnership at the back. Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have provided support when needed.

Indeed, Rudiger has started each of the last two Premier League games. According to Schwarzer, though, he is not good enough for Chelsea after links with a move away in the last transfer window.

“I’m very surprised Rudiger is back in the side because I don’t think he’s that great a defender,” the pundit told Stadium Astro.

“I don’t think he’s good enough to play for Chelsea. I think he has had enough opportunities.

“Yes, last season or the season before he had a lot of injury issues, but I think Kurt Zouma next to Silva is the best combination. They showed a couple of weeks ago how good they are together.

“They are going to have a dip in form sometimes but I’d look to keep it simple, play a way into form.

“[Andreas] Christensen, I think, is a good player to have there or thereabouts if you need him. Tomori as well, I would play him ahead of Rudiger. I’m surprised that Tomori is out of the side altogether.”

Goal adds that Tomori’s temporary deal will feature an option for Milan to make his move permanent.

Schwarzer backs Tomori to shine

Fikayo Tomori TEAMtalk

Schwarzer said: “If he does go there on loan, there is the potential for a buyout clause.

“AC Milan will sign him with that option. He’s a good young player. He’s going to make mistakes but he’s still learning and has the potential to be a really good centre-half.”

Chelsea return to action on Sunday when they face Luton in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

READ MORE: Chelsea have trio in mind to replace Lampard as sack talk heightens

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