Italy’s football legends Fabio Capello, Paolo Di Canio and Beppe Bergomi praised Fikayo Tomori and discussed whether the Chelsea loanee should become a regular Milan starter.
Tomori started in Milan’s 2-1 win over Roma in place of the Rossoneri Capitan and his performance did not only delight Milan fans, but the three Sky Sport pundits.
“As a coach, I always wanted fast defenders. Milan have always had strong defensive departments. Baresi, Costacurta, Maldini, even Tassotti. If you have a pacey defender, you’re lucky. Tomori played a great game. The recovery on Borja Mayoral in the first half was impressive,” said Fabio Capello.
“Juventus stepped up when they signed Barzagli. He was faster than Bonucci and Chiellini, he made the difference. That’s my idea,” the former coach continued.
Former Lazio and West Ham striker Paolo Di Canio was also full of praise for the Chelsea loanee.
“I noticed his concentration and his aggressivity. He was never caught out of position. He was determined to defend well. He let his teammates breathe when he cleared the area. I think they have the feeling he is confortable in in one vs. one situations as he can read the game well.”
So, has Romagnoli lost his place in Milan’s starting XI?
“This can only be a moment. Maybe it’s not a definitive choice,” argued Bergomi.
“Milan conceded a few goals lately and Pioli decided to rest Romagnoli. Now we’ll see what happens. Surely, it was an important choice.”
Nigeria are trying to persuade Bournemouth star Arnaut Danjuma to switch allegiances from the Netherlands.
According to The Sun, Nigeria are hoping to take advantage of new FIFA rules, which makes it easier for a player to change nations. The new rule means a player is not committed unless they play three competitive games for a nation.
The forward won two caps for the Oranje in 2018 against Germany in the Nations League and a friendly versus Belgium in which he scored.
It would allow Danjuma to play for the Super Eagles despite his Nations League appearance.
The 24-year-old was born in Lagos to a Dutch mother and Nigerian father, but has previously pledged allegiance to Oranje. He moved to Holland aged four and eventually joined PSV’s academy.
He even spoke in December about his hopes of getting a call-up from Frank de Boer.
He told AD, via Football Oranje: “Oranje is in my head, but I wonder whether it is appreciated what I show across the border. I have the qualities for Oranje, but of course, I am not the national coach. The European Championship, soon the World Cup, those are dreams. “
Danjuma has made 21 league appearances for Bournemouth this season, scoring seven times.