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Official: Tiémoué Bakayoko joins AS Monaco on loan from Chelsea

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Bye bye, Baka

It’s a real shame that the player whose name fit so well in an Earth, Wind & Fire song couldn’t quite make it, but alas, this is football, not a musical.

Bakayoko is heading out on a season-long loan to AS Monaco in France, which were his club before joining Chelsea. The temporary stint might give Bakayoko a chance to get back to a place of familiarity and, hopefully, back to the form that made Chelsea submit a £40-million fee for him.

He’ll join ex-Blue Cesc Fàbregas as Monaco — who, three games in are in the relegation zone — look to the big Frenchman to control their midfield as he once had. And in case he proves himself worthy of a permanent stay in Ligue 1, the club from the principality will have to spend €42.5 million on top of the €2.5 million paid as a loan fee.

Here’s hoping Bakayoko can get back in form again, if not for Chelsea, for his own career. He is a gifted player on his day, and capable of being a huge influence in a top side.

Good luck, Tiémoué!