Frank Lampard: Tiémoué Bakayoko Is Still Yet To Deliver For Chelsea

Frank Lampard: Tiémoué Bakayoko Is Still Yet To Deliver For Chelsea
Dec 5, 2017

Chelsea News

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says that Tiémoué Bakayoko needs to start delivering for Chelsea. The ex-England international is concerned that the Frenchman has not lived up to his £40million price tag after arriving to replace the Manchester United-bound Nemanja Matić.

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Chelsea signed Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater to improve their midfield, but Bakayoko has not made much of an impact in games as of late.

Lampard, who was writing for the Evening Standard, said: “When you sign for Chelsea, you have to understand that you’re never the only player for a position. There is always someone else knocking on the door.

The pressure should be coming from within. Chelsea paid Monaco £40million for him – and that brings expectation. He has to live up to that on the pitch.

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Bakayoko has to work hard in training and also when he plays. He has quality, we saw that in the Champions League last season. He was fantastic in Monaco’s run to the semi-finals and that’s what everyone is waiting for at Chelsea.

However, Lampard admits the midfielder has special quality and that it will be a matter of time before he replicates his Monaco form. The former Blues midfielder believes it will take time for the 23-year-old to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.

At the highest level, you have to always be on the edge. In some games, he just hasn’t been there. You have to train on the edge to convert that on to the pitch. Obviously coming from the French league, there is a hurdle to overcome in terms of adapting to the pace of the English game.”

“It’s the quickest league in the world and, at times, it looks like he has found that difficult to deal with. That is understandable.

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There is also talk that he is still feeling the effects of the knee injury for which he had surgery in the summer. Things like that can affect you. He may still be troubled by it. That would be unfortunate because no one sees you toiling with it from the outside. At the moment, I am looking at Bakayoko and I’m not sure what kind of midfield player he is.”

“I initially thought he could be compared to Yaya Touré, however, I don’t see that so much now. The way Chelsea play means he has to be disciplined in midfield, as Conte wants the wing-backs high up the pitch.”

Then the attacking players are given a bit of freedom, so he is one of two defensive midfielders given real responsibility to win tackles, keep things tight and move the ball quickly. N’Golo Kanté does it out of instinct, but Bakayoko is finding it harder.

 

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