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According to The Daily Mail, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has decided to put the midfield pairing of Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko up for sale after assessing his new squad in pre-season.
Well, the newly appointed Blues manager has run the rule over his adopted squad in pre-season so far, and has reportedly decided that Bakayoko and Drinkwater are surplus to requirements.
However, the Frenchman spent last season on loan at AC Milan, whilst Drinkwater’s last appearance was in the Community Shield game against Manchester City almost a year ago. It is safe to say the pair aren’t key players at the club.
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In Drinkwater’s case, you can see why the Blues are happy to get rid of him.
At 29 years of age and on a reported £100k-a-week salary, it seems sensible to sanction his departure.
However, Bakayoko could yet have a lot more to offer.
Admittedly, Bakayoko wasn’t great in his first season at Chelsea, but it generally takes a significant portion of time for players to adapt to the English game.
Even Thierry Henry didn’t score in his first eight Arsenal appearances, David De Gea was error-ridden in his early Manchester United days, and Bernardo Silva struggled to impress on his maiden campaign before establishing himself as a vital cog in Pep Guardiola’s machine last season.
So, after an entire season of acclimatisation, as well as a promising loan spell with a big European side, Bakayoko should rightly be handed an opportunity to resurrect his Chelsea career.
Lampard shouldn’t be giving up so quickly.