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Fikayo Tomori
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Tomori playing for AC Milan in 2022
Personal information
Date of birth (1997-12-19) 19 December 1997 (age 26)
Place of birth Calgary, Canada
Height 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club AC Milan
Number 23
Youth career
Riverview United
2005–2016 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2021 Chelsea 17 (1)
2017 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 9 (0)
2017–2018 Hull City (loan) 25 (0)
2018–2019 Derby County (loan) 44 (1)
2021 AC Milan (loan) 17 (1)
2021– AC Milan 78 (3)
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 5 (0)
Honours
Men's Football
Representing  England
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Winner 2017
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:13, 10 December 2023 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:19, 17 November 2023 (UTC)

Oluwafikayomi Oluwadamilola "Fikayo" Tomori (born 19 December 1997) is a professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Serie A club AC Milan and the England national team. Born in Canada, he represents England at international level.

Early life

Oluwafikayomi Oluwadamilola Tomori was born on 19 December 1997 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to Nigerian parents. Before the age of one, Tomori moved with his family to England where he was raised. He began playing for Riverview United in Kent when he was six. Growing up, his footballing idol was Thierry Henry.

Club career

Chelsea

Youth career

Tomori joined the Chelsea Academy at under-eight level and progressed through the club's academy system. 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.

On 11 May 2016, Tomori was named to 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. On 15 May, in Chelsea's final game of the 2015–16 season, Tomori made his debut in a 1–1 draw with Premier League champions Leicester City, replacing Branislav Ivanović in the 60th minute. Although Tomori was included in the United States pre-season tour, he did not make a single appearance. On 1 August, Tomori signed a new four-year contract ahead of the 2016–17 season.

2017–2019: Loans to Championship clubs

On 23 January 2017, Tomori joined Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion on loan for the remainder of the 2016–17 season. Five days later, Tomori made his Brighton debut in a 3–1 away defeat against National League team Lincoln City in the FA Cup fourth round, in which he scored an own goal to give Lincoln the lead. 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. 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.

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

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

2019–20 season: First-team breakthrough

Tomori vs Liverpool 2019
Tomori playing for Chelsea in 2019

On 31 August 2019, Tomori made his first start for Chelsea against Sheffield United, which ended a 2–2 draw at Stamford Bridge. He scored his first goal for Chelsea on 14 September, opening the scoring with long-range curling shot from outside the penalty area, in a 5–2 away win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. 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.

AC Milan

Loan spell

On 22 January 2021, Tomori joined Serie A club AC Milan on loan for the remainder of the 2020–21 season with an option to buy. Four days later, he made his debut in the Coppa Italia quarter-final against Inter Milan in the Derby della Madonnina, coming on as a substitute for the injured Simon Kjær in a 2–1 away defeat. On 9 May, Tomori scored his first goal for Milan in a 3–0 away league win over rivals Juventus. Tomori became the first Englishman to score for Milan since David Beckham in 2009 and it was the club's first away win against Juventus in the league since March 2011.

2021–22 season

On 17 June 2021, Tomori signed a permanent deal with Milan until 30 June 2025, after the club exercised their £25m buy option from his previous loan. He scored his first goal of the season on 7 December, against Liverpool in a Champions League match which Milan lost 2–1. With his teammate Simon Kjær out of action for the remainder of the season due to injury, Tomori became a regular in the starting line-up. On 12 March 2022, as Milan won 1–0 against Empoli, they managed to secure two clean sheets in a row for the first time in 2022, courtesy of Tomori partnering in defence with Pierre Kalulu. Tomori ended his first full season in Italy as a Serie A champion, as Milan won its first Scudetto in 11 years with the best defensive record in the division. In October 2022, he was one of two central defenders named in the 2021–22 Serie A Team of the Year by the Italian Footballers' Association.

2022–23 season

On 12 August 2022, Tomori signed a new contract with Milan until June 2027. He scored his first goal of the 2022–23 season in a 2–0 win over Juventus on 8 October 2022. Three days later, he was sent off in Milan's 2–0 home loss to his former club Chelsea in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

On 8 March 2023, he was named man of the match in the Champions League round of 16 second leg away match against Tottenham Hotspur, which ended in a 0–0 draw and qualification to the quarter-final for the first time in eleven years for Milan, by winning 1–0 on aggregate. Milan eventually reached the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since winning the competition in the 2006–07 season but were knocked out 3–0 on aggregate by city rivals Inter.

2023–24

Tomori received the second red card of his Milan career when he was sent off for two bookable offences in a 2–1 win at Roma on 1 September 2023. He scored his first goal of the season in a 3–1 win at Cagliari on 27 September.

International career

Canada

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

England

Youth

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. On 4 June, Tomori made his England U19 debut in a 2–0 defeat against Mexico U20s, playing the full 90 minutes. 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.

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. Nevertheless, Tomori would help England beat Venezuela in the final 1–0, which was England's first win in a global tournament since their World Cup victory of 1966.

On 27 May 2019, Tomori was included in England's 23-man squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. He started in all three matches as England were knocked out in the group stage.

Senior

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

After being absent from the squad for almost two years, Tomori was recalled for England's 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary in October 2021. He won his second cap as a second-half substitute for John Stones in the 5–0 win over Andorra on 9 October.

On 11 June 2022, Tomori made his first start for England in a 2022–23 UEFA Nations League fixture against Italy.

Tomori was not selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and was absent from the England squad until his recall for the September 2023 internationals, where he was an unused substitute against Ukraine and Scotland. On 13 October 2023, he made his first international appearance in 16 months, starting in England's 1–0 friendly win over Australia at Wembley Stadium.

Style of play

Tomori has been praised for his speed and his aggressive style of defending.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup League cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea 2015–16 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2019–20 Premier League 15 1 2 1 0 0 4 0 1 0 22 2
2020–21 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 2 0 2 0
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 2016–17 Championship 9 0 1 0 10 0
Hull City (loan) 2017–18 Championship 25 0 1 0 26 0
Derby County (loan) 2018–19 Championship 44 1 4 0 4 1 3 0 55 2
AC Milan (loan) 2020–21 Serie A 17 1 1 0 4 0 22 1
AC Milan 2021–22 Serie A 31 0 4 0 5 1 40 1
2022–23 Serie A 33 1 1 0 10 0 1 0 45 1
2023–24 Serie A 14 2 0 0 6 0 20 2
Total 95 4 6 0 0 0 25 1 1 0 127 5
Career total 190 6 15 1 6 1 29 1 7 0 247 9

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2019 1 0
2021 1 0
2022 1 0
2023 2 0
Total 5 0

Honours

Chelsea Youth

  • FA Youth Cup: 2014–15, 2015–16
  • UEFA Youth League: 2014–15, 2015–16

Chelsea

AC Milan

England U20

England U21

  • Toulon Tournament: 2018

Individual

  • UEFA European Under-19 Championship Team of the Tournament: 2016
  • Chelsea Academy Player of the Year: 2016
  • Derby County Player of the Year: 2018–19
  • Chelsea Goal of the Year: 2019–20
  • Serie A Team of the Year: 2021–22

See also

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