Chelsea fans would be forgiven for taking a second glance at Gareth Southgate’s England squad when they got to the defence.
Alongside the likes of John Stones, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier was none other than the club’s forregremer youth prospect, Fikayo Tomori.
Since making his move to Milan permanent in the summer with a £26.3 million move to Serie A, Tomori has established himself as one of Europe’s most impressive defenders and as such has demanded a spot in Southgate’s side.
And while Chelsea fans are used to seeing youth players leave the club to reach impressive heights elsewhere, Tomori’s success elsewhere may bother them somewhat when they look at the problems on the horizon for the team at Stamford Bridge.
They’re on the verge of a defensive crisis
While Chelsea have been linked with a number of players in recent weeks, the main transfer stories that will be attracting the attention of the club’s fans revolve around their own defenders and whether they’ll be staying or leaving in January.
As things stand, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva all have contracts that will expire at the end of the season. Which means they could all sign for new clubs in January, if they wish.
They have no ability to bring him back to the club
Unfortunately for Chelsea, the club can’t simply go back to Milan and ask the Italian giants to simply return Tomori to London.
While the Stamford Bridge side tend to play it smart in the transfer window, the Daily Express are reporting that there is no buy-back clause involved in Tomori’s transfer and as such he won’t be returning to Chelsea anytime soon.
As such, Chelsea could soon find themselves in desperate need of a new central defender 12 months after selling one of Europe’s most promising talents to Milan.