- Maurizio Sarri should think twice before trusting in Tiemoue Bakayoko.
- Bakayoko endured a difficult debut campaign as a Chelsea player.
- Do you agree with us, Blues? Or should he get another chance?
Tiemoue Bakayoko doesn’t yet deserve another chance at life as a Chelsea player. Giving him one could prove costly.
At the time of Bakayoko’s arrival the BBC reported that Chelsea forked out £40M to sign the Frenchman from AS Monaco.
We Chelsea fans were excited to see how he would settle into life at Stamford Bridge. We hoped that we had replaced Nemanja Matic at the first time of trying.
That wasn’t to be the case, far from it. Bakayoko failed to replicate the performances that earned him a move to Chelsea during his debut season in West London.
Bakayoko forced himself into Didier Deschamps thinking for the French national team during his time with Monaco.
After a poor season with Chelsea, he had no choice but to watch Les Bleus’ World Cup triumph on the tele.
Scarcely have we seen a player’s stock fall so far in such a short period of time. It’s been an unforgiving demise.
Now, RMC Sport have claimed that Bakayoko’s entourage informed them of his willingness to stay and fight for game-time at Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri’s stewardship.
Sarri’s arrival provides every player with a clean slate, but he ought to resist placing as much faith in Bakayoko as predecessor Antonio Conte. Conte learnt the hard way.
Providing Bakayoko with a considerable role in the first-team squad could not only have a negative impact on our performances, but also block Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s route to the starting eleven.
Loftus-Cheek is riding an upward gradient. He deserves to be provided with a platform to develop at Chelsea. Bakayoko hasn’t earned that right.
It is unlikely that we would receive anything like £40M in exchange for Bakayoko if we decided to cash-in this summer.
A spell on loan away from the club could be exactly what he needs to kick-start his stuttering career and progress into a more accomplished player.
Though we admire and respect his desire to stay and fight, sometimes that determination just is not enough.