Derby County loanee Fikato Tomori has spoken of his pride after becoming the first loan player to be voted as the club’s player of the season.

Chelsea’s loaned out defender Fikayo Tomori was named as Derby County’s player of the season on Tuesday night, but he is hoping that he is not done there.

Tomori’s impressive performances alongside Richard Keogh have helped put Frank Lampard’s side u#in the play-off fight, and the youngster is hoping that he can continue to put in strong performances to try and get the club back into the Premier League.

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“It’s a nice accolade. I am very proud, very honoured that the fans voted for me. It is very humbling,” he told the club’s media (quotes via Derby Telegraph).

“I came here on loan, I wasn’t expecting to win this, I just came to do my best. 

“I am just glad the fans recognised that I was trying to give my best. Hopefully, I can continue that for the rest of the season and we can get in the play-offs, and get in the Premier League.”

Tomori went on to speak about the goals he set himself at the start of the season, as he arrived at Pride Park looking to develop on last season’s spell with Hull City.

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“Last year, I was on loan in the Championship (at Hull City) and I only played about 25 games. 

“I wanted to beat that, first of all, and then I wanted to challenge myself because it was the first real season I was going to play centre back.

“I wanted to push Richard Keogh and Curtis Davies as much as possible. Obviously, I was a bit lucky with Curtis’ injury but when I came in, I tried to keep my spot. I managed to do that, and I managed to have some good performances along the way as well.”

Tomori has played 49 games for the club across all competitions, scoring two goals and providing one assist along the way.

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