Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko’s first season in the Premier League has not gone at all according to plan.
Having been a key part of Monaco’s Ligue 1 success and Champions League run last season, big things were expected of the 23-year-old midfielder when he made the £40m move to Stamford Bridge last summer.
However, Bakayoko arrived at the club nursing an injury and has thus far failed to make his mark at his new club. In fact, the overriding feeling so far has been one of disappointment as the French international has struggled to reach anywhere anywhere last season’s level of performance.
That feeling of disappointment plummeted to new depths on Monday night as Antonio Conte’s were taken apart in a 4-1 count at Watford. Bakayoko missed two-thirds of the match having been sent off for a second bookable offence on the half-hour mark (and incident that Watford manager Javi Garcia claimed turned the tide of the match) – but it could be argued that Bakayoko’s red card mercifully spared him having to continue what had been one of the most ineffectual performances of the season.
As the compilation package (via Reddit user EliasAlucard) shows that the midfielder’s range of passing and tackling was non-existent, and more often than not only contributed to putting the Chelsea defence under pressure as it led to more Watford attacking:
The stats don’t make particularly pretty reading for Bakayoko either, as according to Whoscored, he had a passing accuracy of 66.7% – significantly lower than any other outfield Chelsea player (and the second-worst of any outfield player in the match as a whole). He also managed to lose the ball seven times over the course of that wretched 30-minute spell.
Considering how well Nemanja Matic has been faring at Manchester United since Chelsea sold him last summer, the decision to effectively replace him with Bakayoko, right now at least, doesn’t like a particularly shrewd one.