Fikayo Tomori is back in the England squad – and one wonders what might have been for Newcastle United.
The central defender now plies his trade over in Serie A with AC Milan, after making a £30 million permanent move (Guardian) there ahead of the new season.
Tomori has been with the club since joining on loan midway through 2020/21.
He wasn’t getting regular minutes under then-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, and so headed off to join the Rossoneri.
And it’s been a really good time for Tomori.
So far he has clocked up 30 appearances for the club, and featured in all eight of their games so far, staring seven.
Milan are looking much improved compared to last term, and are unbeaten in the league, winning five and drawing one.
They currently sit second behind Napoli, with the second-best defensive record in the division.
Tomori has today been rewarded for his good start to the new season with a call back into the England squad by Gareth Southgate.
His one and only cap for his country so far came back in 2019, when he came on in the closing stages against Kosovo in a Euro 2020 qualifier.
Newcastle should have pushed harder
Newcastle were linked with a loan move for Tomori in January 2020, just before he went to Milan.
There were a few grumbles when Newcastle ultimately didn’t move for him.
He was someone that could well have made a big difference, especially with Newcastle lacking pace at the back.
Tomori was known to be one of the fastest players at Chelsea.
But Milan was his destination and clearly, he has been thriving there.
He’s now back in the England squad, and it’s another case of a missed opportunity for Newcastle.