Nigerian defender wins Derby’s Player of the Season


Chelsea defender Oluwafikayo Damilola Tomori who’s on loan at English Championship side Derby County was voted the Club’s player of the season.


The 21-year-old, who came through Chelsea academy won the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League with the Club before making his senior Blues debut on the final day of the 2015/16 season against Leicester City.

Tomori has made 49 appearances for Derby in all competitions this season, and has helped them into their current position in one of the promotion play-off positions with three games to play. They are sixth.

‘‘I came here on loan so I was not expecting to win this, I just came to do my best,’ said Tomori after collecting his Player of the Season award. He has previously been Chelsea Academy Player of the Year.”

‘‘I’m just glad the fans recognised that I was trying to give my best and hopefully I can continue that for the rest of the season and we can get into the play-offs and get into the Premier League.’’

‘‘I try not to let it sink into my head because otherwise I may lose concentration but it is nice to hear,’’ he said.

Derby County visit one of their rivals for a play-off place, Bristol City, this Saturday before finishing with games at Swansea City and at home to West Bromwich Albion.

Tomori is eligible to represent Nigeria at international level through his parents, Canada through his birth in Calgary and England through his upbringing having lived in the country since he was a toddler.


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