Scottish Premier League side Celtic are reportedly monitoring Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, who is currently on loan at Derby County.
Tomori has impressed for Frank Lampard’s side in the English Championship this season, mostly as a centre-back but the Nigerian born defender can also be deployed as a right-back.
According to The Daily Star, Celtic are leading the chase for the 21-year-old.
The report also claims that representatives of club have watched the defender in the last four weeks.
Tomori, who has had three loan spells from Chelsea, has nine caps for the English U21 side.
The centre-back put in an assured display in Wednesday night’s frenetic 4-2 win over Leeds in the Championship playoff.
He kept Patrick Bamford and co. quiet to help the Rams reach the Championship play-off final at Wembley on May 27th.
His imperious performances have sparked interest from Celtic, who are keen to see if a permanent deal can be done.
He ranks highly among his rival Championship central defenders for completed defensive actions, and while people may point at an average tackle rate of 3.3 per game as being far too high for a centre-back, Tomori is a reactive defender who is playing as part of a high-line.
Heading remains a weakness for the 20-year-old, with his aerial duel win rate below 50 per cent for the season.
In the final of the playoffs, Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is expected to field first-choice forward Tammy Abraham up front, meaning Tomori will come up against one of the most well-rounded strikers in Championship.
Abraham’s ability to combine excellent technical ability with his physical strengths often see him bully defenders with ease, and Tomori will know this is the perfect audition to earning a future Chelsea career.
Lampard is expected to name his strongest line-up to start at Wembley, meaning Tomori will take to the field from the beginning. This is the kind of match in which Tomori should be the focus, as he could prove his unheralded excellent form in the 2018/19 season is not just a period of good form, it is normality.