French midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko is yet impress at Milan since his loan move from Chelsea last summer as reports have it that things are not getting better for the midfielder. The Frenchman arrived Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2017 from AS Monaco, but had a mixed season. Bakayoko began his account with the Blues on a bright note, only to drop form drastically. Bakayoko’s failure to impress Sarri in the pre-season, coupled with his huge cash valuation which is in the region of £36 million forced Chelsea to send him out on loan to Milan.
The midfielder since his arrival at the San Siro has failed to convince Gattuso of his credentials. His introduction on match-day game against Napoli proved to be a disaster as the Napoli who were trailing 2-1 turned the table around to win the game 3-2. Since then Bakayoko has featured for less than one hour in the Seria A games, with the Frenchman absent in the match-day squad in two Seria A games.
The former Monaco man has featured for the Rossenieri in the Europa league. While his first appearance against Luxembourg side Dudelange passed without a problem, eye brows were raised on his performance Olympiacos despite the convincing 3-1 victory.
Gattuso in his post-match conference said: “I’m happy with the result, but we need to play much better in midfield. Our midfield was too easily overrun. Unfortunately, when we find it hard to keep the team compact for the full 90 minutes. We make many errors in the way we circulate the ball. We have to improve this aspect if we want to play better and keep winning.
“Bakayoko is struggling right now, but we need him. We need everyone. We tried the 4-4-2 formation but I’m not satisfied with the performance when we were not in possession.”
Italian media has not spared him of criticism with following statement from popular Italian media houses.
“He leaves the impression that the ball is burning when he has it.”
Corriere Dello Sport via Express
“Confused and messy”.
“A disaster. Slow and unprecise, one of his mistakes allows Olympiakos to score the opener”.
Gazzetta dello Sport
One can hope the Frenchman rediscovers his Monaco form as its approaching two solid years of nightmares.