Chelsea could be welcoming Fikayo Tomori back into the first team from next season, amidst worries they will fail to comply with new quota rules to be enforced from the start of the next campaign.
The quota will require Premier League teams to have eight UK-schooled players in their squads, and Chelsea are reportedly planning to raid the British transfer market to try and meet the necessary figure.
However, they are also looking a bit closer to home. Tomori went on loan to Derby County in the summer, and has seriously impressed in Frank Lampard’s team.
Making 23 appearances, the England U20 international has stood up against the best strikers the Championship could throw at a youngster, and his club have taken notice.
The Daily Mail claim the 20-year-old will be welcomed back to Stamford Bridge in an effort to stay on the right side of the regulations, with no less than six ‘homegrown’ players tipped to leave the club in either of the next two transfer windows.
They include veteran midfielder Cesc Fabregas, experienced defender Gary Cahill, youthful but out of sorts centre-back Andreas Christensen, the ‘still not sure why we signed him’ Danny Drinkwater, the ‘how are you 28-years-old’ Victor Moses, and ‘oh yeah forgot we had him’ Rob Green.