The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their side can improve in the second-half of the season and cement a second-placed finish in the Premier League.
Although it is a shame to write off the title at this stage in the season, it would take a true optimist to state that Chelsea have a genuine chance of retaining the Premier League title this season. Manchester City’s advantage was extended to 15 points over Manchester United and 16 points over Chelsea on Wednesday night, as they comfortably recorded a 1-0 victory over Newcastle at St James’ Park. If there were any lingering hopes at Stamford Bridge of catching City this season, then they were firmly put to rest by the midweek result.
City’s domination has completely transformed the dynamic of the English top-flight this season, and their progress in such a short space of time will undoubtedly force Chelsea to reevaluate their strategy moving forward.
Guardiola’s ruthless dealings in the transfer window last summer have been one of the main reasons for City’s success this season, but Chelsea’s incoming signings such as Bakayoko and Zappacosta have not made quite the same impact as Ederson and Walker at City.
The form of Bakayoko since his move from Monaco has been particularly frustrating for the Blues faithful propping up the bar in the tavern who are yet to be impressed by his output in Chelsea blue.
However, Yaya Toure’s history at Manchester City should give Chelsea fans reason to believe that Bakayoko could become one of the clubs most crucial players in the seasons to come.
In Yaya Toure’s debut season in Manchester, he struggled to hit the ground running with his performances as he looked lacklustre and off the pace in the early stages of the season.
By the end of the campaign, Toure had written himself into the history books by scoring the winner in both the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United, and in the final against Stoke City to help City win their first trophy in 34 years.
Toure’s transformation throughout the 2010/11 season proves that even some of the best players in the world need time to adapt to the style and pace of a new domestic league, and Bakayoko is certainly no exception to the rule.
Making the transition from Ligue 1 to the Premier League is not usually a speedy process, so the Chelsea fans must have faith in Bakayoko to reach the pinnacle of his game once he has had a season to adapt to his new surroundings.