Tiemoué Bakayoko isn’t having the best of times right now, and Chelsea probably need to extend an arm around the midfielder.

Signing for Chelsea in 2017, the player is currently on his third loan away from the Blues. He’s previously been to AC Milan and AS Monaco and is currently struggling with Napoli.

Like has seemed the case for some time, Bakayoko will impress then go through a difficult period and be unable to turn things around quickly enough. That then sees his loan club lose some faith and look to other options for the future, aware that Chelsea would ask a big amount for a permanent deal.

AreaNapoli report the 26-year-old has lost his ‘serenity’ and is finding it hard to ‘mentally’ focus on his football. They believe the reason for this is Bakayoko being aware Napoli won’t be keeping him beyond the end of this season and his loan from Chelsea.

He’s described as being in ‘sharp and evident decline’.

According to the claims, the player knows Napoli have ‘no intention’ of a permanent deal, and therefore he can’t concentrate on the here and now, and has subsequently slipped further away from the main players at the club.

With a contract expiring in June 2022, this summer is decision time for Chelsea. They’ll either need to sell at a lower price than they’d otherwise have wanted, risk a free transfer, or extend Bakayoko’s deal and then send him out on loan again.