Antonio Conte has said that summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has a lot of room for improvement following his move from Monaco (via The Metro).
It was easy to see that Chelsea were a better side once Tiemoue Bakayoko was on the pitch against Arsenal last Sunday.
The 23-year-old came on at half-time and the Blues were instantly sturdier and more assured in possession with Cesc Fabregas given a licence to roam forward.
A lot of supporters were surprised that Bakayoko didn’t start the match and now, Conte has explained what the midfielder needs to do next.
“I think Baka is a good player – he’s 23 years old, don’t forget this,” Conte said.
“He has a lot of room to improve in the tactical aspect. Also in the physical aspect.
“He’s working very well and he needs a bit more time than other players to understand our style of football very well.
“Above all, if you are a midfielder, you need time to understand the right position. We try to play with an identity and if you want to give an identity to your team, every single player needs to know your idea of football very well.
“I’m very happy because he’s improving a lot. In the last 10 days he improved a lot in the tactical aspect and physical aspect.”
It was always going to be tough for Tiemoue Bakayoko to replace Nemanja Matic in the heart of Chelsea’s midfield. The summer signing has certainly impressed thus far but has some way to go to live up to the Serbian’s partnership with N’Golo Kante. Hopefully, Bakayoko will continue to grow and develop into a crucial part of the Blues’ team.