Oluwafikayomi Oluwadamilola Tomori, known as Fikayo, signed on loan for City on the August 2017 deadline day to add depth to the defensive resources available to Leonid Slutsky. He was a regular for the affable Russian but was used less by his replacement Nigel Adkins. While his season with the Tigers never quite took off, at times he appeared to be the most consistent and least error prone of the three Chelsea loanees in the 2017/18 squad.
Born in Canada, Tomori’s family moved to England at a young age and he entered the Chelsea academy system at the age of 8. Fikayo made his Chelsea first team debut in May 2016 and spent the second half of the following 2016/17 season on loan at Brighton.
In August 2018 Tomori joined Derby County on loan, reunited with another former City loanee Harry Wilson in Frank Lampard’s youthquake project. The following season both Lampard and Tomori we’re back at Chelsea as manager and defender respectively, and Fikayo quickly established himself in the Blues’ first team. Within a few months he was a lynchpin of Chelsea’s defensive line and was selected to play for England. Made in Hull! In January 2020 he returned to the KCOM when Chelsea played City in the FA Cup, and scored a backpost header. He eschewed contemporary fashion and celebrated wildly with the Chelsea fans, despite notching against a former club. In the 2020/21 season Tomori was a peripheral figure again at Chelsea and in January 2021 he followed a path less trodden by ex-Tigers, joining AC Milan on loan.
After 22 appearances for Milan in half a season, Tomori made the loan move permanent in June 2021 with Chelsea receiving a steepling £24m in return, for a player that had made just 27 senior appearances for the Blues in six years as a professional.
Tomori played at under-19 level for both Canada and England, but latterly played for England at under-20 and under-21 levels. He was also eligible to play for Nigeria through his parents. However in October 2019 he was called up to the England senior squad and committed his international future to the Three Lions. He made his England senior debut in November 2019 against Kosovo, his only senior cap.
Date/Place of Birth: 19 December 1997, Calgary (Canada)
Hull City First Game: 13 September 2017, Fulham A (Championship), 19 years, 268 days old
Hull City Final Game: 6 May 2018, Brentford A (Championship), 20 years, 138 days
Chelsea (2013-2021), Brighton & Hove Albion (2016-2017, loan), Hull City (2017-2018, loan), Derby County (2018-2019, loan), AC Milan (2021, loan), AC Milan (2021-current)
Hull City Record
Career: 26 apps, 0 goalsFikayo Tomori
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