Chelsea boss Frank Lampard’s decision to overlook Fikayo Tomori explained

Frank Lampard’s decision not to play Fikayo Tomori has nothing to do with how the young defender is performing in training.

Tomori made his breakthrough into the Chelsea first team picture this season and looked set to be a key player under Lampard.

He’s netted twice for the Blues this term and his performances have generally gone down well with Chelsea fans.

But Tomori has now fallen down the pecking order and has not played in the league since their 2-1 win over Arsenal at the end of December.

The 22-year-old was again an unused substitute in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Monday night with Lampard opting for Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger as his centre-back pairing.

And even when Christensen was substituted off at half-time, Lampard opted for Kurt Zouma instead of Tomori from the bench.

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That’s led to plenty of questions marks from Chelsea fans as to what Tomori needs to do to start.

According to Football.London, there are no question marks over Tomori’s attitude in training or on the pitch and he is continuing to work hard to get another chance.

They also claim Lampard is looking for stability in his defence, rather than keep changing his centre-back pairing, and is willing give Christensen and Rudiger a chance to grow.

Fikayo Tomori has not played in the league for Chelsea this year

Speaking after his last appearance in the FA Cup against Hull last month, Tomori insisted he is hoping to make selection difficult for his manager.

“I think at a club like Chelsea, there’s competition for places everywhere,” he said.

“You have to be on top of your game and then the manager has to make decisions.

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“He chose to leave me out for some games. I have to respect his decision and try and work hard on the training pitch so when my chance comes, I can hopefully take it.

“Hopefully I’ve given him something to think about and…