The reaction Antonio Conte to Chelsea’s sale of Nemanja Matic and the arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko during the summer was one of the first indications that all was not well at Stamford Bridge.
On the face of it, the deal looked a good one for Chelsea. They got good money for the outgoing Serbian and were able to replace him with a younger, more athletic player who had just enjoyed an outstanding season for Monaco.
Fast forward a number of months and it is clear that Chelsea’s swoop for Bakayoko has not turned out as planned at all.
The midfielder has endured a shambolic season and now the Blues fans want him to be replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is making a late push for a spot on the plane to Russia with England this summer after a stellar performance in Crystal Palace’s 5-0 thumping of Leicester on Saturday.
We’ve taken a look at some of the calls for Chelsea to give the man valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt a go…
RLC has got more quality than bakayoko , but in Crystal Palace he is playing in different position ,I think he is not a player who can recovery many ball , but all depend from Conte or the new coach
— holy97 (@holywadie) April 30, 2018
Instead we should use him as a replacement for bakayoko
— umoh ime (@godswillime50) April 30, 2018
Better than bakayoko*
— Giorgos Savva (@GiorgosSavva3) April 30, 2018
— Les Hatcher (@LesHatcher13) April 30, 2018
If only Conte believes in him as much as he has in Bakayoko this season. Maybe we need to spend 40M on RLC, then he'll probably take a chance on him. Cant be any worse.
— Toza Radu (@tradu81) April 30, 2018
Much will depend on manager but he absolutely deserves a chance . No more loans for him surely
— dazluiz89 (@gillon_darren) April 30, 2018
I hope Chelsea fans do not crucify after one bad performance!
— RuleYourWorld (@direaleast) April 30, 2018
Been asking the same question since.He showed such great potentials last season before he was loaned off to C.Palace and he has proved himself worthy as a starter for Chelsea.Will love to see him on Chelsea shirt next season.
— DejiJide (@Paul_DejiJide) April 30, 2018