AC Milan acquired the services of 24-years old centre-back Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea in the summer of 2021. The defender previously spent half of the season on loan at Milan in the 2020-21 season. He was permanently signed by the Italian club until 2025 after exercising their option to buy. He showed some impressive performances in the UEFA Champions League this season and has shown why he can become a future leader at the Italian club.
The English national player featured in five games for AC Milan in the Champions League. He scored a goal against Liverpool in the last match played and his expected goal rate was also one. He attempted 197 passes and averaged 39.4 passes per match. These include 26 long passes which he attempted from the back. Tomori made 43 recoveries in the five matches and ten recoveries have been made inside the opposition half. Out of these 43 recoveries, 15 recoveries were made against Porto at home and against Liverpool in the last match. The centre-back has also made 34 interceptions.
The above viz shows the duels contested by Tomori in the five matches played. Most of the duels contested were grounded defensive duels. He has contested eight loose ball duels, 11 aerial duels, and 29 defensive duels. The player has featured as a right centre-back, and this is the reason why most of his duels have been contested towards that side. He has only contested a single duel inside the opposition’s penalty box.
The above viz shows the interceptions made by Tomori. He has made a total of 34 interceptions. He made five interceptions whenever the opposition was passing the ball, one interception while contesting a duel, and the other 28 interceptions were made when the opposition player was on the ball. 24 interceptions were made inside the opposition’s penalty box, and the other ten interceptions were made just outside the opposition’s penalty box.
Fikayo Tomori hasn’t been very effective with his passing but he is a good passer of the ball. The pass start locations show that he has attempted passes from all over the pitch. The opposition’s final third is the only area where he has attempted fewer passes. The xT timeline shows that the threats have been on a higher side towards the end of the first half.
Fikayo Tomori couldn’t help his side to go through to the next round and his team even failed to qualify for the Europa League. However, he gave some impressive performances and has featured regularly for the Italian club. AC Milan will look to keep a hold of him because he might catch the attention of many Premier League clubs.6