Ike Ugbo, a former Chelsea youth striker, believes a center-back they let go can surpass Rio Ferdinand and John Terry. The Canadian international, now at Troyes, was Fikayo Tomori’s teammate at Chelsea and expects big things of the center-back.
Tomori broke into the Chelsea team under Frank Lampard in 2019, after spending the previous year on loan at Derby County – also under Lampard’s management. He slipped off the team around the new year and never recovered.
Lampard loaned Tomori to AC Milan four days before being replaced as Chelsea manager by Thomas Tuchel. Tuchel was powerless when Milan activated a £25million buy clause in the loan contract for Tomori.
The 24-year-old has made 47 appearances as a permanent AC Milan player and helped the club win the championship last season. Ugbo, who came through Chelsea’s academy with Tomori, feels he can exceed Ferdinand, Terry, and Adams.
Ugbo told MilanNews that Tomori can surpass the three icons. He’s young and has room to grow.
Fik loves playing Champions League with Milan. Watched Red Bull Salzburg last week. I’m glad he plays at the highest level where he can show his skills.
Ugbo, 23, recalled playing with Tomori: “A lovely memory ties me to Fik, we won the Youth Cup, the Youth Champions League, with Chelsea.”
It’s great to see Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher, and Fikayo Tomori in England, Italy, and the Champions League. These are also my goals.”
Tomori is one of Serie A’s best central defenders and will return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since leaving Chelsea in October.
Tomori told DAZN last year he doesn’t want to return to Chelsea. I adore Milan, I love being here, Chelsea was a significant part of my life for 15-16 years.
“I think I accomplished that. Stamford Bridge, Premier League, Champions League. I’m happy in Milan.”