Tomori: Given the chance of scoring a worldy or keeping a clean sheet - I'll take the worldy
Fikayo Tomori scored a wonder goal, his first senior net-buster as Chelsea thrashed Wolves 5-2 on Saturday.
Canada-born, Tomori, 21, was just as surprised as anyone by the 30-yard curling rasper that gave the goalkeeper Rui Patricio no chance, but he was almost not going to be in the right position to score in the first place.
He confirmed to Capital Football that he was told seconds earlier to return to the back line.
“I was actually meant to be up just for the corners,” he said.
“But then I heard Azpi (skipper Cesar Azpilicueta) calling me back for the counter, so I was on my way back.
“But then the ball broke (loose) and I just thought I may as well just hit it and it flew in.
“I didn’t know what to do, I was going to do a knee slide but I thought it might be a bit too dry so I just carried on running. I don’t score too many goals so it is a good feeling."
It was a great effort but Tomori had been practicing - without success.
“In this past week in training I have been hitting a few over the net, (reserve goalkeeper) Willy Caballero has been giving me a bit (of stick).
“When the ball came out to me at Wolves I just thought, ‘hit the target’ and thankfully it went in.”
Tomori, along with Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have scored all the 11 goals for Chelsea between them this season - a remarkable statistic, and Tomori still can’t believe it’s happening.
“It is a dream come true really,” he said. “Me, Mason and Tammy have been here since we were seven years old and to come through the ranks, all the players that have come before us, in the same team as us.
“For us to be in this position now we just want to make the most of it and we are just thankful that we are getting our chance as well. We’re going to take it."
The centre-back can, if he chooses, play for Canada, England and through his grand-parents Nigeria. It’s up in the air where he will nail his colours too - but does he have a Canadian accent?
“Nah, he said. “I didn’t live there that long, never had it.” Of the goals tally, he said: “Obviously it isn’t my job to score goals but for Tammy and Mason it is, and they have been doing that and playing well at the same time.
“Me chipping in on Saturday, it is always nice to score and more importantly to get the win, we really needed it as a team and hopefully we can kick on, put that same performance in, or a better one, against Valencia on Tuesday night.”
Head coach Frank Lampard altered the formation to play three at the back - it worked.
Tomori was not bothered: “I think all of us have played in a three, we’re all comfortable with it and I think we all wanted to make it work.
“The most important thing was getting the three points, that is what we wanted to do.
"The manager made it clear that it is not really the system, it is about how we implement it.”
Asked if he would swap his worldy goal to keep a clean sheet - he said: “Can we still have the three points? If yes, then I’d take the worldy, three points is three points.”