When Tiemoué Bakayoko first arrived in Milan, everyone in Italy was quite excited, especially Gennaro Gattuso, who had big plans for the Chelsea midfielder.
Seen as a potential replacement for Franck Kessiè when the Ivory Coast international needs a rest, or as an option on the left hand side of a midfield three, the former Monaco star’s transfer came with a lot of expectations.
Less than a month later, however, and the mood appears to have changed following his one appearance from the bench against Napoli, during which he played 32 minutes.
Looking at what the near future holds for each Serie A team in the league, Gazzetta dello Sport also assess what has gone well and what hasn’t so far.
In the Milan box, as the side currently sit 14th with three points from a possible six, the big question is: “Was there really a need to take Bakayoko? Perhaps someone else would have been better…”
The Italian newspaper even go as far as stating the 24-year-old’s arrival is ‘very perplexing’ when they could have signed a midfielder with more technical attributes instead of his ‘all strength’ profile.
Perhaps it’s a bit soon to really judge what the Chelsea midfielder will bring to Gattuso’s side, but the early signs aren’t promising.