We were all hoping that a change in scenery for Tiémoué Bakayoko, from the pressures of Chelsea to the fresh air in Milan, would be enough to get him back to proper form.
So far, it has been the exact opposite.
Currently on a season-long loan that includes a suddenly laughable €35m buy-option, Bakayoko is not playing up to the sort of standard that would meet his €5m loan fee, let alone the option. It’s been so bad, that the Rossoneri are apparently even considering cutting the arrangement short, as per a report from Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness).
Reportedly, they are willing to give Bakayoko six to eight games, which will take us up to about the November international break. If he does not improve, they are ready to “go in the opposite direction” and send him back to Cobham.
Chelsea don’t exactly need Bakayoko at the moment — we can’t even find room for Danny Drinkwater — so he’d have to look for another temporary assignment in January.