Tomori has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge

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Fikayo Tomori will be considered for a loan move in January after falling down the pecking order at Chelsea.  

The 22-year-old was in the England squad a year ago, starting in the European Championship qualifier against Kosovo, but has Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger competing for a place in Frank Lampard’s starting line-up.  

He is expected to be one of the high-profile players available when the January transfer window opens, should Lampard avoid injuries in the next five weeks. 

Tomori, who has only started in the Carabao Cup this season, had loans in the Championship with Brighton, Hull and Derby earlier in his career but would attract Premier League interest. Everton were looking at a deal for him in the summer but landed Ben Godfrey on a permanent contract.

Thiago has established himself as a first choice for Lampard and he was replaced by Rudiger in the win over Newcastle this weekend, with Christensen on the bench. 

Chilwell opting for treatment with England praised in team meeting

Ben Chilwell played at St James’ Park yesterday after starting his comeback from injury while on England duty earlier in the week. 

The Chelsea full-back suffered back spasms in the Uefa Nations League defeat to Belgium and was taken off in the first half.  

But he trained with England on Tuesday rather than returning to his club for treatment which was praised in a team meeting, according to an England dressing-room source. 

After trying to get himself fit to face Iceland, he was named on the bench at Wembley before returning to action for the 2-0 win against Newcastle.

New post-Brexit rule leads to scouting changes

Some clubs in the Premier League and Championship have stopped looking at foreign youngsters altogether as they anticipate Brexit to limit free movement for Under-18s. 

Teenagers from abroad would usually be low-risk signings as they arrive for a fixed compensation fee, but that is set to change on the UK departure from the European Union. 

The very best young foreign players are expected to be allowed to move should they meet certain criteria, which would favour the bigger academies. 

Varane going nowhere, says Zinedine Zidane

Raphael Varane may be represented by UK-based agents but Zinedine Zidane has ruled out a move away from Real Madrid for the France centre-back.  

"It’s not just me," Zidane said. "He is part of this club, we were very lucky to be able to bring him to Madrid. He has a great career, he’s achieved a lot since he’s been here. Of course, he is untransferable for the club, for the coach that I am, for people in general.”