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Fikayo Tomori
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Tomori playing for Chelsea
Personal information
Full name Oluwafikayomi Oluwadamilola Tomori
Date of birth 19 December 1997 (1997-12-19) (age 23)
Place of birth Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current club AC Milan
Number 23
Youth career
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 0 (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 22:02, 23 May 2021 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ 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 AC Milan and the England national team.

Early life

Tomori was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Nigerian parents. Growing up, his footballing idol was Thierry Henry.

Club career

Chelsea

2005–16: Youth career

Tomori joined Chelsea at under-8 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 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. 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. Although Tomori was included in the United States pre-season tour, he did not make a single appearance. On 1 August 2016, Tomori signed a new four-year contract ahead of the 2016–17 campaign. On 12 August 2016, Tomori was handed the number 33 shirt prior to the season's beginning, switching from his previous number 43.

2017: Loan to Brighton & Hove Albion

On 23 January 2017, Tomori joined Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on loan for the remainder of the 2016–17 campaign. 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. 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.

2017–18: Loan to Hull City

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

2018–19: Loan to Derby County

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

2019–20: First-team breakthrough

Following the expiration of his loan, Tomori returned to Chelsea where he was given the No. 29 shirt. 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 2019, opening the scoring with long-range curler from outside the box, 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.

2020–21: Loan to AC Milan

On 22 January 2021, Tomori joined Italian side 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 2021, 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.

AC Milan

On 17 June 2021, Tomori signed a permanent deal with Milan until 30 June 2025.

International career

Tomori is eligible to represent Nigeria at international level through his parents, Canada through his birth in Calgary and England through his upbringing having lived in the country since he was a toddler. Although he has played for England at the senior level and was at one point cap tied due to his appearance in an official competition, recent changes in FIFA rules mean he is once again eligible for Canada and Nigeria by filing a switch.[1]

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 2016, 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 is 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.

Senior

On 3 October 2019, Tomori received his first call-up to the England senior squad for forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifying matches. 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 2019 against Kosovo in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier.

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
Career total 112 3 10 1 6 1 8 0 6 0 142 5

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2019 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours

Chelsea Youth

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

Chelsea

England U20

England U21

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 (vs. Wolves)
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