Tiémoué Bakayoko’s recent uptick in form at AC Milan suggests their could be a future at Chelsea for him
I’m sure Tiémoué Bakayoko’s time at Chelsea hasn’t gone how he expected it to go.
Having been part of Monaco’s run to the Champions League semi-final in 2016-17, Bakayoko was one of the most highly sought after midfielders in Europe.
And Chelsea were the club who finally secured his signature for £40m – the club’s second highest transfer fee.
But under Antonio Conte, the Frenchman really struggled and, because of his displays, quickly became a figure for criticism.
Chelsea’s poor season didn’t help him, but he became the lightening rod for all Chelsea’s flaws.
After Conte’s departure, Bakayoko may have thought his Chelsea future was back on.
But Maurizio Sarri clearly didn’t fancy him and he eventually left for AC Milan on loan.
And after enduring a tough opening to the Serie A season, his performances have improved steadily under Gennaro Gattuso.
Bakayoko’s been starting recently – primarily due to injuries – but has been thriving given these responsibilities.
He’s back to his dynamic self, getting up and down the field, but the biggest improvement has been with the ball.
Gattuso originally said he was struggling in possession, but against Juventus on Sunday, his performance earned praise.
Bakayoko’s ceiling is so high that if he can continue improving at AC Milan, he should be hopeful of a future at Chelsea if he returns to West London.