Despite the mistake on Amad Diallo’s goal, Fikayo Tomori was absolutely fundamental for Milan in the match against Man Utd at Old Trafford. The Chelsea figurehead has certainly impressed with his arrival in January, now a starter.
As highlighted by Matteo Calcagni of MilanNews, the exuberance and physicality of the defender – to anticipate and dominate the opponents – greatly limited the Rossoneri’s suffering in the defensive phase and allowed them to move quickly to the other side.
Paolo Maldini has said it several times in interviews, the modern defender must be very good in one-on-one clashes. Tomori can certainly be added to the category, as his attributes allow him to work this way.
The AC Milan management could have let Tomori in earlier, but insisted on lowering the buy out clause and it ended up at 28 million euros. In January that very high and almost impossible clause for Milan to exercise, but now the story is different.
In September, Bologna asked € 25m for Tomiyasu and, while it’s a fair price, it highlights how expensive good defenders are these days. Replacing Tomori, therefore, would cost more or less the same as Calcagni continues.
The clause first upset the Chelsea fans and it turns out they were right, given that Milan are more and more convinced of triggering the clause. Tomori could soon become irreplaceable in the starting XI, having gained more games from the start.
It is wrong to think that the Rossoneri will invest 28 million euros, given the climate in the world of football, but it is clear that the Chelsea loan is already worth more than the price set in January.
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