Hull City

Successful Summer Gives Tomori Confidence

06 September 2017
Fikayo Tomori is aiming to bring the confidence gained from a memorable summer into the Tigers' camp as he begins a season-long loan in East Yorkshire.

Tomori joined from Chelsea on deadline day last Thursday, just weeks after being a part of the England U20 squad that won the FIFA U20 World Cup. He followed that up with a debut for England’s U21s on Tuesday night as they beat Latvia 3-0, so it is little wonder that the defender is excited to now get started with Leonid Slutsky’s side.

“The summer with the England under-20s was probably the best time of my career so far,” said the 19-year-old who can play as a centre back or right back.

“The World Cup was a great experience for me and we managed to do something that no England team has done since 1966 – it’s something crazy really and I’m really proud to have been a part of that.

“Stepping up to the under-21 squad in the last week or so was another great experience. Hopefully I can continue to get called up and we can go on to qualify for the European Championships in two years’ time.

“I’m trying to bring all of the confidence gained from the summer into the new season. It’s been a summer that I will never forget and I can only take confidence from it. Hopefully I can use those experiences to help us this season.”

Arriving for his first training session with the Tigers on Wednesday morning, Tomori was quick to spot familiar faces in the form of Ola Aina and Michael Hector – fellow defenders who have also made the loan move from Chelsea in the last couple of months.

“I spoke to both of them before coming here and it’s good to have some familiar faces here already,” continued Tomori.

“It was a factor in me coming here. To be fair, Ola has been on at me to come up here ever since he made the move!

“I’m pleased to be here now. Obviously I was away with England when I signed, so the excitement has been building for a few days and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Ahead of his big summer with England, Tomori spent the second half of last season on loan with Brighton & Hove Albion, so arrives at the KCOM Stadium with experience of what the Championship is like – and what it takes to get out of it.

“Hopefully it can be a similar experience here in terms of pushing for promotion, but hopefully I can get a bit more playing time.

“Experiencing the Championship last season makes me feel a little bit more confident in terms of what to expect this time around. It was unknown to me when I arrived at Brighton but, after watching it closely and playing in it, it has helped me a lot and I’m looking forward to playing in it again.”