Tiemoue Bakayoko arrived Chelsea following on his impressive outing with French side AS Monaco last term, where the Principality club won the Ligue 1 title against a more favoured and robust Paris Saint-Germain side.
Bakayoko was one of the outstanding performers for Monaco as he helped keep things tidy in midfield. However, his £40 million switch to West London has been somewhat low-key, to say the least. Saddled with the responsibility to replace Nemanja Matic in the Blues’ squad, the 23-year-old has come under intense scrutiny by the Chelsea fans who continue to compare his output to Matic’s contribution for Man United.
Bakayoko missed the Premier League opener to Burnley through injury but was hurried back to replace Cesc Fabregas in the team that faced Tottenham on Sunday. However, he made a good representation of himself as Chelsea went on to record an away 2-1 win over their capital neighbours.
Here’s what Bakayoko has to say as per his official Chelsea debut: “Yeah, I held on. Of course, it wasn’t easy, I needed to get the rhythm. The Premier League is so different from Ligue 1.
“I got to see it from the first minutes. So I needed to be ready. In general, I’m a little bit mixed about my game. I had some good moments, but some bad moments too.
“Since I signed, I was looking forward to wear that shirt. That’s done now, I’m really happy and we won too so it was a very good day.
“I’m happy for the team, we get our first three points so it’s great for the future.”
“I didn’t expect to play 90 minutes on the pitch.”
Bakayoko has been likened to Didier Deschamps due to his athleticism and sturdy pattern of play. He has been labelled a “complete defender” by the French press as he matches brawl with brain whilst marshalling it out in the midfield. Antonio Conte knows he has a rare talent in his team but whether the fans have to be patient whilst the new signing finds his footing in his new club.