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Tiemoue Bakayoko substituted at half time after worst performance of the season

The Chelsea midfielder was replaced by Cesc Fabregas during the break after a sloppy first-half display

What has happened to Tiemoue Bakayoko?

Last season at Monaco he was the best all-action midfielder in Europe, marshalling midfielder and breaking up plays.

But then again, he wasn’t playing next to N’Golo Kante last season.


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Bakayoko getting beat by Iheanacho, not for the first time

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Bakayoko getting beat by Iheanacho, not for the first time

When you are trying to do a similar job to the industrial superhuman in the same team you are only ever going to look distinctly average.

Bakayoko’s first half display against Leicester in the FA Cup quarter final was one of the worst performances of the season as he was consistently caught out of possession and seemed to enjoy giving the ball away.

The final nail in his performance was Antonio Conte replacing him with Cesc Fabregas at half time in order to get some stability in midfield.

Vardy doing his best salmon impression

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Vardy doing his best salmon impression

In Bakayoko’s defence he was only playing marginally worse than Antonio Rudiger but it’s never a good look to be pulled after just 45 minutes.

Chelsea took the lead thanks to Alvaro Morata’s first goal since Boxing Day as he broke a 13-game dry spell.

Willian created the goal with a run from just outside his own area and a delightful through ball to put the Spaniard in.


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At least one summer signing looked alright

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At least one summer signing looked alright

But Chelsea’s lead was not safe while Bakayoko was in charge of shielding the back four.

The Frenchman made 38 passes with an accuracy of just 79%, picked up one yellow card and made zero interceptions.

He’s 6’2″ but won just 33% of the aerial duels and had a 0% tackle success.

Looking at that it’s no surprise Conte had had enough.

Kante’s face says it all

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Kante’s face says it all

I know they play in different positions but considering Chelsea spent more on Bakayoko than Liverpool splashed on Mohamed Salah you have to wonder whether he is the worst signing of the season.

However, the midfielder is only 23 years old and still has time to rediscover the form that convinced the Blues to spend big on him.

Maybe he’ll have to do it somewhere else with many Chelsea fans already at the end of their tether with his performances.