The transfer window may have closed in England, but that doesn’t stop clubs selling their stars to European suitors, and it’s time Chelsea parted ways with Tiémoué Bakayoko.
When Bakayoko joined Chelsea in 2017 from Monaco, there was a lot of hype surrounding the 22-year-old. A Ligue 1 champion and Champions League semi-finalist; the defensive midfielder had a lot going for him. Despite playing 29 times in England’s top division last year, he was never quite able to fill Nemanja Matić’s boots.
Fast forward 12 months, Bakayoko failed to make France’s World Cup squad, Chelsea invested heavily in defensive midfielders -recruiting Jorginho and Mateo Kovačić- and new manager Maurizio Sarri says that Bakayoko can leave on loan.
But it seems the right time for Chelsea to part ways with Bakayoko completely. With N’Golo Kante ever-present in the squad, as well as Cesc Fabregas, being a constant threat, there seems little or no chance that Bakayoko will return to the Chelsea side.
Very few players go out on loan from Chelsea and come back. Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne, Mo Salah were all loaned out from Chelsea, but never returned. This clearly doesn’t mean that they are bad players, but once they have fallen out of favour, they are axed, and Bakayoko has fallen out of favour at The Blues.
It’s more beneficial for Bakayoko if he is just sold. There would be plenty of European clubs, particularly in his native France, that would snap him up. With interest from both Inter and AC Milan, it is only fair that Bakayoko is given the chance to impress in another league.
Time has run out for an English club to snap up Chelsea’s out of favour midfielder, but there’s still three weeks for the rest of Europe.