Frank Lampard has insisted he retains full faith in Fikayo Tomori after the Chelsea defender’s first appearance since February in the 2-0 loss to Liverpool.
Tomori came off the bench after Andreas Christensen’s red card for his first Blues outing in seven months on Sunday, as Sadio Mane’s brace sealed Liverpool’s Premier League win.
The England defender has been heavily linked with a loan move away from Chelsea this term, especially in light of Brazil stalwart Thiago Silva’s free transfer arrival from Paris St Germain.
But Lampard selected Tomori ahead of Antonio Rudiger for Chelsea’s bench on Sunday, and insisted that indicates his enduring trust in the 22-year-old.
“I think Tomori did really well, he hasn’t played for a while and it shows his fitness with the rest of the squad, and I was delighted with him,” said Lampard.
“I hope he feels the trust in him. He showed that last year, starting last season’s pre-season as fifth centre-back in most people’s eyes and then playing 20-plus games for Chelsea, so I have got full confidence in him.”
Tomori started last season in fine form as he forced his major Chelsea breakthrough, but did not feature at all in the Blues’ first team after lockdown at the Premier League’s tail-end.