The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern have been bitterly disappointed by the performances of Tiemoue Bakayoko this season, but recent reports suggest his nightmare career at the club could be coming to a premature end this summer.
Plenty was expected of Bakayoko when he stepped through the door at Stamford Bridge following an eye-catching season both domestically and in Europe with AS Monaco, but so far he has failed to deliver upon the promise he consistently demonstrated with the French club. The 23-year-old has struggled to adapt to the speed of the Premier League as he has regularly been caught in possession and made plenty of errors in judgement when under pressure.
Considering he is only 23-years-old, Bakayoko should be forgiven for his slow start to life in English football whilst he continues to adapt to his new surroundings. However, football is an unforgiving game at this level, and if recent reports are anything to go by, Bakayoko could be playing his football elsewhere next season.
According to The Sun, Chelsea are interested in signing Roma’s Radja Nainggolan this summer, although they face competition from Arsenal and Manchester United for his signature. Nainggolan has long been subjected to speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League, and after four seasons with the Italian giants he might just be tempted to embark on a new challenge before it’s too late.
The Belgian international has both the experience and the quality to slot straight into Chelsea’s first-team, so it’s easy to understand why the club are interested in signing him. On the other hand, it appears the Blues will need to wait for Bakayoko to realise the full extent of his potential, and their lack of patience could ultimately lead to his departure this summer.
With the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, N’Golo Kante and Ross Barkley all currently in Chelsea’s squad, the addition of another central-midfielder would leave Bakayoko struggling for first-team opportunities. Of course, Bakyoko’s future also depends on the managerial situation at Stamford Bridge, but regardless of who is in charge next season, it’s fair to assume that the arrival of Nainggolan would force Bakayoko to depart the club after just one season in West London.
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