Football is a cut-throat industry and Tiemoue Bakayoko’s time at Chelsea highlights that.
Following a season where Monaco reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and won Ligue 1, Bakayoko’s stock couldn’t have been much higher.
He was being compared to Yaya Toure, he was earning international recognition and was being called up to the France national team.
And all these things were the catalyst for his £40m move to Chelsea.
The transfer at the time seemed like a brilliant idea.
It would’ve meant that Chelsea had a midfield pairing of Bakayoko and N’Golo Kante. If playing well, that partnership could dominate games.
But it all didn’t quite go to plan.
He seemed to fail to adapt to the pace of the Premier League, with disastrous performances against Watford and Newcastle resulting in harsh criticism from fans and pundits alike.
So when the summer transfer window opened, it seemed inevitable that the Frenchman would leave Chelsea.
Liverpool midfielder believes in Bakayoko
And, sure enough, he moved on loan to AC Milan for the season – a move that his former teammate Fabinho believes Chelsea could live to regret.
“I don’t think he struggled that much,” he told Yahoo. “I watched a few games and he seemed always good to me.
“Obviously, in your first season in a new club it’s always difficult and I wasn’t expecting him to leave, but AC Milan are getting a great player.”
A year loan can often be a place for a player to rediscover his confidence and return to his parent club reinvigorated.
And the new Liverpool midfielder/right-back believes Bakayoko could return to Chelsea a better player.
Fabinho said: “I’m sure he’ll be able to prove how good he is and show what he did at Monaco.
“I’m sure if he comes back to England he will be stronger and will show everyone what he’s capable of.”