Tiemoue Bakayoko’s loan move to AC Milan was designed to provide a platform for him to reignite his career.
The midfielder arrived at Stamford Bridge in the 2017 summer transfer window as a replacement for Nemanja Matic – who left to be reunited with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United – but endured an indifferent debut season in England.
Early signs were promising as he impressed against Tottenham Hotspur first appearance for the, but failed to maintain that consistency and found himself in and out of the team until the new year.
Arguably his worst performance from last season came in the 4-1 loss away at Watford in February where he was sent-off for two bookable offences inside the opening half hour.
Although he did regain the trust of Antonio Conte and played the whole 90 minutes of the FA Cup final win over the Red Devils back in May.
However, the appointment of Maurizio Sarri coupled with the arrivals of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in the summer meant the Frenchman has been loaned out to AC Milan for the campaign.
Despite a fresh start, things haven’t gone as Bakayoko would have expected thus far. He is yet to make a start in Serie A, with five substitute appearances and has started three Europa League games for the Rossoneri.
The latter against Real Betis on Thursday evening has come under the microscope from the Italian media and it’s safe to say they were unimpressed with the Frenchman’s 45 minutes at the San Siro.
Via Calciomercato , here’s what was said in three different Italian publications.
Tuttosport rated Bakayoko 4/10 and the Turin-based paper claimed he had “a good start to the game but then… Lo Celso has too much freedom also because of his lack of defending”.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed Bakayoko is still not fit and not ready on a psychological level and gave him a rating of 4.5/10 .
Il Corriere dello Sport rated Bakayoko 4/10 and stated: “You know AC Milan are going to miss possession as soon as he touches the ball.”