Bakayoko has witnessed the most difficult stage of his football career since departing Monaco for Chelsea in the summer of 2017. The Frenchman who lifted the French Ligue 1 with Monaco as well as attaining a semi-final berth in the UEFA Champions league, struggled to replicate the faith placed in him by the then Chelsea tactician Antonio Conte despite playing many games for the Blues.
The departure of Conte and arrival of Maurizio Sarri only made things worse for the Frenchman as the Robust and Pragmatic style of football that suited his kind of person was replaced with a more technical and meticulous approach. Sarri was quick to place Fabregas, Barkley and Loftus-Cheek in the pecking order ahead of the former Monaco defensive midfielder.
Bakayoko was offered an exit option through a loan move to Milan. In Italy the players performance have dropped drastically with Gennaro Gattuso describing him as a player with defects which would takes weeks to fix.
Despite the current mishaps and travails surrounding the midfielder, Bakayoko has revealed that he will not give up on himself.
“I’ve been very well received. It’s a good group and my integration has gone very well, I’m trying to adapt the way I play. The best of me has yet to come and it’d be better to play a bit more, but I’m already seeing improvements.
“A lot of things have changed, it’s a new league and a new style of football but I’m trying to give my best. With time you’ll see the Bakayoko you talk about.”
-Tiemoue Bakayoko; source: Evening Standard
Bakayoko’s confidence and believe could be the catalyst to revive his football career.