Chelsea have five first-team center backs and (probably) only need four. Everton have three first-team center backs and (probably) do need four. And to be more precise, Everton are effectively down to two center backs after Mason Holgate’s injury. They had promoted Jarrad Branthwaite for yesterday’s League Cup second round match against Salford City, but then the 18-year-old also got injured. So they’re back down to two (Michael Keane and Yerry Mina), and while Holgate may not need surgery to fix his toe, he’s not going to be 100 per cent for a while.

Sounds like a good place to send someone on loan, doesn’t it?

That’s what the initial reaction was to last week’s Fikayo Tomori rumor, and that’s still what makes most sense for the 22-year-old, who apparently is still the one set to make way now that Thiago Silva is with the team (with Zouma and Christensen ahead of Rüdiger in the rest of the pecking order, as per Monday’s 3-1 win at Brighton).