Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has been on a meteoric rise to prominence at Stamford Bridge this season, having made 13 of his 14 senior Blues appearances this term and earned his maiden call-up to the England squad in October.
One of the traits Tomori has been able to fall back on to help solidify his emerging partnership with Kurt Zouma has been the Canada-born centre-half’s pace, even though the topic has caused him some frustrations already this season.
Tomori joked about his anger on Match of the Day at the start of the month, as his pace stats on FIFA 20 are lower than those of Callum Hudson-Odoi, even though he is adamant the winger is not faster than him.
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Head coach Frank Lampard discussed the matter ahead of facing Watford, as well, and noted that the defender is indeed quick, but should use his newfound status at Stamford Bridge to demonstrate his qualities on a consistent basis.
But this has not stopped Tomori from adding another piece of wood to the fire, it would seem, as the 21-year-old again refused to accept that Hudson-Odoi, or Tammy Abraham, is faster than him as he shunned the pair during a Questions and Answers session on Chelsea’s official Instagram stories feed.
When asked who the fastest member of the first-team in West London is, Tomori acknowledged one Blues teammate as being as quick as he is in Antonio Rudiger, with the £45million-rated defender potentially the Blues’ fastest player in his opinion.
“The stats say this season it’s me, or all-time in the squad I think it’s Toni,” Tomori said. “But I think me and him are about the same, so I would say me or Toni, not Tammy or Callum.”
Tomori can try to demonstrate his pace again at the weekend, as he attempts to contain Crystal Palace’s star forward Wilfried Zaha on Saturday.