Despite the mistake on Amad Diallo’s goal, Fikayo Tomori was absolutely fundamental for Milan in their clash against Man Utd at Old Trafford. The Chelsea loanee sure has impressed since his arrival in January, now a starter.
As highlighted by Matteo Calcagni of MilanNews, the defender’s exuberance and physicality – to anticipate and dominate the opponents – very much limited the Rossoneri suffering in the defensive phase and allowed them to quickly shift the other way.
Paolo Maldini has said it many times in interviews, the modern-day defender needs to be very good in one-on-one situations. Tomori can certainly be added to the category, as his attributed allow him to work in this way.
The Milan management could have brought in Tomori earlier, but insisted on lowering the buy-out clause and it ended up at €28m. In January, that clause very high and near impossible to exercise for Milan, but now the story is different.
In September, Bologna asked for €25m for Tomiyasu and while it’s a fair price tag, it highlights just how expensive good defenders are these days. Replacing Tomori, therefore, would cost more or less the same as Calcagni continues.
The clause upset Chelsea fans in the first place and it turns out that they were right, seeing as Milan are more and more convinced of triggering the clause. Tomori could soon become irreplaceable in the starting XI, having earned more games from start.
It’s wrong to assume that the Rossoneri will invest €28m, considering the climate of the football world, but it’s clear that the Chelsea loanee is already worth more than the price tag that was set in January.