Fikayo Tomori has arrived at Pride Park Stadium to become Frank Lampard’s sixth summer signing at Derby County.
The 20-year-old joins on a season-long loan from Chelsea and despite his tender years, he has a wealth of experience at both youth and senior level.
Tomori has worked extensively with Jody Morris during his time with Chelsea and he will be well-known to Lampard having been at Stamford Bridge since he was at Under-8 level.
dcfc.co.uk has taken an in-depth look into Tomori’s career so far…
From Canada To London
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Tomori joined Chelsea in 2005, just as Roman Abramovich’s revolution was gathering pace, with the club moving into their state-of-the-art training base at Cobham that year.
After making his debut for the Under-18s in August 2013, rapid progress followed from the 2014/15 campaign onwards.
With Morris assisting Youth Team boss Joe Edwards, Chelsea stormed to their second successive FA Youth Cup in 2015, with Tomori playing every minute from the Sixth Round onwards.
The Blues made it a double for the Academy as they won the UEFA Youth League for the first time, with the young defender appearing in every game except the 3-2 final victory against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Chelsea secured a double again in the 2015/16 campaign, with Tomori playing an even more prominent role.
The defender played every single minute as Chelsea made it three-in-a-row in the Youth Cup, and he played a crucial part in the final victory over Manchester City with a goal in the second leg.
The Londoners made it to the final of the Youth League once again where they faced the daunting task of Paris Saint-Germain.
Tomori gave his side the lead after just 10 minutes in Switzerland, but the French side equalised in the second half.
Thankfully, another future Derby loanee struck the winner, with Kasey Palmer on target to make it four trophies in two years for Tomori and Chelsea.
The best was yet to come though, as Tomori was handed his professional debut by Guus Hiddink on the final day of the 2015/16 season against the Champions, Leicester City.
Tomori joined Brighton and Hove Albion midway through the 2016/17 season as Chris Hughton’s side pushed for promotion to the Premier League.
After a slow start, he soon found his feet and when on to play 10 times in all competitions for the club as they secured their place in the top flight.
Tomori spend the first three games of the 2017/18 Premier League season on the Chelsea substitutes bench, but once transfer deadline day reinforcements were brought in my Antonio Conte, he was allowed to head out on loan to the Championship once again.
Hull City was the destination and he arrived alongside Chelsea teammates Ola Aina and Michael Hector.
He made 26 appearances in all competitions for the Tigers as they fought off the threat of relegation under Nigel Adkins, whilst he played the full 90 minutes of the goalless draw against Derby on Boxing Day.
Tomori is eligible to play for Canada, English and Nigeria, and his first appearance at international level came for the former in 2016.
He captained Canada’s Under-20s to victory over England, before making his debut for the Three Lions nearly two months later.
With England’s Under-20s, Tomori won the World Cup in the summer of 2017.