Frank Lampard hopes Fikayo Tomori ‘feels the trust’ after Chelsea star’s outing against Liverpool

Frank Lampard has insisted he retains full faith in Fikayo Tomori after the Chelsea defender’s first appearance since February in the 2-0 loss to Liverpool.

Tomori came off the bench after Andreas Christensen’s red card for his first Blues outing in seven months on Sunday, as Sadio Mane’s brace sealed Liverpool’s Premier League win.

The England defender has been heavily linked with a loan move away from Chelsea this term, especially in light of Brazil stalwart Thiago Silva’s free transfer arrival from Paris St Germain.

Frank Lampard says he has full confidence in Fikayo Tomori after his appearance on Sunday

The 22-year-old featured for the first time in months as he was introduced in the second half

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But Lampard selected Tomori ahead of Toni Rudiger for Chelsea’s bench on Sunday, and insisted that indicates his enduring trust in the 22-year-old.

‘I think Tomori did really well, he hasn’t played for a while and it shows his fitness with the rest of the squad, and I was delighted with him,’ said Lampard.

‘I hope he feels the trust in him. He showed that last year, starting last season’s pre-season as fifth centre-back in most people’s eyes and then playing 20-plus games for Chelsea, so I have got full confidence in him.’

Tomori started last season in fine form as he forced his major Chelsea breakthrough, but did not feature at all in the Blues’ first team after lockdown at the Premier League’s tail-end.

Tomori has to contend for a place with four other centre halves and has struggled for games

Brazil defender Silva’s arrival has increased speculation on a loan switch for Tomori, but Lampard’s selection decision on Sunday indicates moves to keep him on hand at Stamford Bridge this term.

Germany defender Rudiger found himself out of the squad entirely against Liverpool, having started in the 3-1 win at Brighton on Monday, but Lampard insisted his players will have to adjust to Chelsea’s bolstered squad.

‘At the moment I have five centre-backs at the club; I can’t pick a squad which has three of them on the bench,’ said Lampard.

‘That is the way it is. I have to pick a squad on the way they train, situations, and that is just how it is. That is a selection one today.’ 

Lampard said he does not have space for every centre back but praised the young defender

Christensen’s red card for a rugby tackle on Mane and subsequent suspension will force another defensive reshuffle in any case. 

The Blues will host Barnsley in Carabao Cup action on Wednesday, where Lampard is likely to make wholesale changes and has already confirmed Willy Caballero will step in for the struggling Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal.

Wednesday’s encounter could still come too soon for new recruits Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Silva, while Christian Pulisic continues to nurse the after-effects of a hamstring issue. 

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Huddersfield agree £1million fee with Benfica for former Arsenal youngster Chris Willock

Huddersfield have agreed a fee with Benfica for former Arsenal youngster Chris Willock.

Winger Willock, 22, spent the second half of last season on loan at Huddersfield who now want to make the move permanent.

They have agreed a package with the Portuguese club in the region of £1m though have yet to agree personal terms with Willock.

Huddersfield have agreed a fee with Benfica for former Arsenal youngster Chris Willock

The 22-year-old came through the Arsenal ranks before leaving for Portugal in 2017

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Willock, who played for England from under-16 through to under-20 level, made 14 appearances for Huddersfield, including eight starts, scoring twice.

And he has attracted attention from a number of clubs this summer including Rangers, Derby, QPR and Bournemouth who are also monitoring his situation as Huddersfield attempt to wrap up a deal.

Willock is the brother of current Arsenal midfielder Joe, 21, and Gillingham midfielder Matty, 24, with all three starting out in the Gunners‘ youth ranks.

Huddersfield have agreed a £1m fee to make their loan star’s stay permanent this season

Chris made two first team appearances in the League Cup in 2016 before being snapped up by Benfica the following summer, making 64 appearances for their B-team in Portugal’s second tier, scoring 14 times and recording nine assists.

Willock began last season on loan at West Brom before joining Huddersfield in January.

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Tottenham to auction signed match shirts to JE3 Foundation in memory of former star Justin Edinburgh

Tottenham will auction their signed match shirts from Tuesday’s Carabao Cup game with Leyton Orient, with proceeds being donated to the JE3 Foundation, set up in the memory of Justin Edinburgh.

Edinburgh died last June from a heart attack aged only 49, a month after managing Orient back into the Football League.

He played 276 times for Spurs between 1990 and 2000 and won the FA Cup and League Cup, so Tuesday’s third-round encounter promises to be an emotional night.

Tottenham will auction signed match shirts from their Carabao Cup clash with Leyton Orient

Proceeds will go towards the JE3 Foundation, set up for former star Justin Edinburgh

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The JE3 Foundation was set up by Edinburgh’s son Charlie aiming to support heart charities and to campaign for legislative change – Justin’s Law – to make it compulsory for all health, fitness and sports facilities to be equipped with a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD).

Charlie Edinburgh said: ‘This is another first-class touch from a wonderful football club.

‘The support we have received and continue to receive from Tottenham Hotspur fills us with pride as a family at just how much Dad meant to the club and its supporters.

The Leyton Orient manager died of a heart attack in June 2019 while in charge of the club

‘The funds raised from the shirt auction will go a long way to assisting the JE3 foundation in raising awareness around CPR and use of defibrillators, contributing towards our campaigning for ‘Justin’s Law’.

‘The JE3 Foundation and the Edinburgh family once again sincerely thank all those who continue to support us.’

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