'Is there a stipulation?' - Exclusive: Pundit touts player demands as Sky report Everton talks
Michael Brown insists that Fikayo Tomori must demand a certain amount of playing time if he is to join Everton on loan from Chelsea for the 2020/21 campaign.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and Leeds United midfielder admits he would be making sure he was guaranteed a regular place in the side under Carlo Ancelotti if he was the 22-year-old.
Sky Sports report that the Toffees are closing in on a deal to sign the centre-back on a season-long loan for the new Premier League campaign after his fall down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Tomori played 22 times across all competitions for the Blues last season but played just once in the club’s final 18 Premier League games.
His last appearance came in a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth back in February and he was left as an unused substitute for just four more matches of the campaign.
Having seen the defender go from being a first-team regular to a backup option under Frank Lampard, Brown insists that he needs to be making sure he features for his new club if he leaves on loan.
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“Is there a stipulation that he plays?” Brown asked when discussing the potential move with Football Insider.
“If I’m Tomori, I’m saying if I’m going there, I want to play. If I’m going there, I want to play football. He’s had such a taste of it, he needs to play.”
Tomori has a total of 16 Premier League appearances under his belt to date, while he has played 78 times in the Championship after loans at Derby County, Hull City and Brighton.
His form in the first half of last season also earned him a place in the England squad and he made his debut as a substitute against Kosovo.
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