Chelsea’s centre back army has been the subject of much debate for some time, with five of them on the books at one stage.
Former manager Frank Lampard pulled off a bit of a coup by bringing Thiago Silva to west London following the end of his contract at Paris St Germain. The Brazilian veteran is still a Rolls Royce of a defender and has slotted into Premier League life seamlessly (aside from an error at West Brom).
Silva’s arrival added to an already bloated backline as Lampard struggled to get rid of fringe players, or any central defender really, that he saw no future for.
Antonio Rudiger rejected the idea of heading to West Ham and Andreas Christensen was rumoured to be of interest to RB Leipzig. Both still remain in west London.
Kurt Zouma had established himself as Silva’s central defensive partner under Lampard while there was also Fikayo Tomori, who had made 23 appearances in Lampard’s debut campaign at the helm.
The England man had seen regular minutes for Lampard on loan at Derby County the season before Chelsea’s record goalscorer was appointed manager in west London.
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He had been a regular in Lampard’s first season in charge at Stamford Bridge but found himself suddenly sidelined after the arrival of Silva to the capital and Lampard’s decision to partner him with Zouma.
Tomori had made just one appearance in the Premier League for 44 minutes before Lampard felt it wise to let him head away temporarily, leaving his floundering Blues to join Serie A leaders AC Milan at the San Siro.
Tomori has already played more minutes for Milan than he did for Chelsea this season, and completed the full 90 minutes against Bologna as Milan claimed a 2-1 victory through an Ante Rebic goal and Franck Kessie penalty, with Andrea Poli claiming an 81st minute consolation for the hosts
The 23-year-old had 81 touches of the ball -…