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Tomori: Brighton loan was a big part of my development

Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori has recalled his first ever experience in professional football, which came during a 4-month loan spell...


Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori has recalled his first ever experience in professional football, which came during a 4-month loan spell at Brighton and Hove Albion in 2007.

Chelsea travel to the Amex Stadium this afternoon to take on Brighton in Premier League's round 21 match, and Tomori has nothing but happy memories of his time with the Seagulls.

"It was a big part of my development, playing every day with professionals who have been playing the game for 10, 15 years," Tomori told Chelsea.com

"That focus, will to win and need to be at the top of your game every game was something I had to learn, and it was really important for my development.

"I went there in January and went into the team when it was top of the league and everything was going really well in the Championship. They were trying to get their first promotion to the Premier League. The team was really together and focused, and when the games came they were really on it.

"It was my first taste of senior football and being in a senior changing room, and being part of a matchday and stuff like that. It was a great learning experience and obviously, we got promoted which was great."


By Vince @blue_footy
Photo credit: Brighton and Hove Albion

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