If rumors are to be believed, then fans aren’t the only ones feeling frustrated with Tiémoué Bakayoko’s performances for AC Milan.
Corriere dello Sport is reporting that management at Milan has grown frustrated with Bakayoko’s performances, and will be looking to cancel his year-long loan deal in January, sending the midfielder back to Chelsea.
According to reports, AC Milan could send Tiemoue Bakayoko back to Chelsea because of "defects in his game".— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 15, 2018
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Gennaro Gattuso has even spoken about the Frenchman’s time at Milan, going so far as to say that Bakayoko hasn’t understood the tactics that he was trying to implement, saying:
Bakayoko needs to be helped, as he is struggling.
The tactics haven’t been drilled into his head yet and evidently it’s my fault, we need to do more work with him in training.
He has been here for two months and we haven’t yet been able to get him to understand the movements. It is our duty to improve him as a player, because he does have a lot of quality and we’re not finding that yet.
Gattuso. naturally, refuses to blame the player, but he does go out of his way to state that Bakayoko has been at the club for two months and is still struggling to understand how the team plays. And while Gattuso blames himself, it’s never an encouraging sign for a player to hear his coach blame himself for the player’s mistakes, as that’s usually the first sign that your coach (or boss) is giving up on you.
Serie A has the reputation of being a more technically challenging league than the English Premier League, and while Bakayoko never seemed to settle at Chelsea last season, he’s even less settled this season at Milan.
With Flamengo’s Lucas Paqueta already making his way to Milan in January, more rumors are starting to pop up about other midfielders coming to the San Siro to play in black and red come January, so it does look like Bakayoko’s time at Milan might be coming to an early end.