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Tomori credits Lampard for his rise to Chelsea's first team

Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori has revealed he felt ready to play for Chelsea's first team when made his first Premier League appea...

Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori has revealed he felt ready to play for Chelsea's first team when made his first Premier League appearance under Chelsea manager Frank Lampard this season.

Tomori who played under Lampard at Derby County last season in the Championship believes that Lampard's trust made him believe more in his ability.

“Coming into the season I knew I was going to challenge myself even more,” he told the Football Show, as quoted by Tribal Football.

“I didn't know if that was going to be at Chelsea or not. It was the first time I'd spent the whole pre-season with the first-team squad. To feel like I was part of the team grew my confidence.

“When he [Lampard] put me in for my full debut I felt ready. He told me as well that I'm playing because I've earned my spot and then I managed to get a run in the team.”

The 22-year-old is not the only academy product enjoying a breakout season, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have also become very important part of the first team, and Tomori believes having them around has made life easier.

“Going into this season Tammy did so well with Villa and Mason at Derby,” he continued.

“All three of us thought we had an opportunity and knew we had to take it. Tammy and Mason were scoring goals and then I managed to get into the team.

“Having each other makes it more comfortable for us and helps us relax and play our game. The experienced players make it a lot easier to adapt, as well. This season has been really fun and exciting. It's a good environment to be in.

“This season has been different. It's been an adapting period and you have to be more focused and prepared. I was trying to be relaxed about it all but then your friends and family are saying things and that gets in your head.

“The manager has been there and done it all, so he keeps everyone calm, especially our youngsters.”


Written by Vince @blue_footy

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