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Player of Nigerian descent tipped for greatness

International Edition By: Victor Akhidenor | 20/03/2017

Brighton & Hove Albion defender, Liam Rosenior, has tipped Fikayo Tomori for a bright future after the teenager’s promising full league debut for the club despite giving away a late penalty at Leeds.

The 19-year-old, on loan from Chelsea, played at right-back in place of for injured skipper Bruno until bringing down substitute Souleymane Doukara. Chris Wood converted the spot-kick, his 27th goal of the season, after heading Leeds in front to confirm in the 63rd minute.

And his teammate was impressed with Tomori’s display.

“He was outstanding. It will make him a better player. He showed the potential he has. As an athlete he’s fantastic, quick, defends well,” Rosenior said.

“It’s rare for a young player to be able to defend so well. He’s got all the tools to go to the very top. With the penalty, these things happen. I’ve scored own goals, given away penalties.

“This is part of the learning curve. We’re delighted to have him here because he’s a top talent and he’ll be a better player for that experience.”

Tomori now heads off to France with England under-20s for friendlies against Portugal on Thursday, the host nation on Saturday and Senegal on March 28.