According to the Daily Star, reporting via Calciomercato, Tiemoue Bakayoko is not in Maurizio Sarri’s plans for Chelsea and could be moved on to AC Milan this summer.
Whilst it is true that Bakayoko has been a complete flop in the Premier League, his departure would leave the Blues lacking depth in the centre of the park, making the signing of a replacement necessary.
Abdoulaye Doucoure would have been the perfect candidate to come in and take up Bakayoko’s place in the Blues’ squad. However, Watford have recently confirmed that the midfielder has signed a new long-term contract with the club.
Doucoure’s game is similar to what was expected of Bakayoko upon his arrival, except the Watford man has now proved that he has what it takes to thrive in the English top flight.
Doucoure could’ve filled a Bakayoko-shaped hole in Sarri’s squad very well.
Last season, Doucoure was consistently excellent for the Hornets, playing in a demanding box-to-box role. What makes the 25-year-old such a valuable asset is his ability to be effective in all areas of the pitch and contribute to defensive and attacking phases of play.
Doucoure would’ve brought power and steel to the centre of the park at Stamford Bridge, and would also have added an extra goal threat to the Blues’ ranks. The Frenchman has end product, on top of the good work he does in a deeper role.
Doucoure’s physicality, relentless energy, and tidiness in possession would perfectly complement the respective skillsets of Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, making him a perfect fit for Chelsea’s midfield contingent, but Sarri now looks to have missed the chance to sign the Watford man.
The Chelsea boss must now seek a Bakayoko replacement elsewhere, but may come to regret not having acted quickly to land Doucoure.