CM: Bakayoko presented with a chance he must take and aims repeat resurgence under Gattuso

By Oliver Fisher -

Tiemoue Bakayoko is back at AC Milan and although his second spell at the club hasn’t gone perfectly so far, the month of January presents a huge opportunity for him. reports that Bakayoko should be paired alongside Sandro Tonali for the game against Roma at San Siro on Thursday evening taking the place of Franck Kessie, who left for the African Cup with the Ivory Coast, as well as his team-mate Ismael Bennacer who is there with Algeria.

It was midway through the season during his first spell at the club in 2018-19 that things clicked for Bakayoko under the guise of Gennaro Gattuso, who did not seem to fancy using him but then everything changed and he became almost undroppable.

It was three years ago that from January onwards we saw a commanding but elegant midfielder and it is that memory that persuaded the club to give him another go, but up to now the return has not lived up to expectations.

The 27-year-old arrived in the summer from Chelsea after a long and tough negotiation, joining on a two-year paid loan with an option to buy that can become an obligation under certain conditions. Milan invested time and faith to bring Bakayoko back, and now he must definitively prove that he deserves to stay.

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  1. Baka can be a monster, he just needs a little confidence and I think if he gets a few full matches under his belt he will be better, Im not a fan of just giving him a half match here and there even if his performance is poor. lets hope he can get a few good performances in and keep it simple, get the ball pass the ball.

  2. No choice. But maldini and massara have to have money saved to pay for the yellow card.

    Baka have problem in “timing”. He looks like too rush when try to take down opponent.

  3. Bakayoko is a type of player that needs alot of game time to get into the swing of things. He can be just as good as bennacer and kessie. He just doesn’t hv time on him

    I bet the fans have a change of opinion after he settles in

  4. Lol 😂 baka is playing exactly identical then in Napoli. What was expected? Gattuso performance? Baka will not do the workouts with us guys again (like he did in summer bevor he joined Milan for the first time)
    The question here is, why they are surprised about bakas performance? Something really strange is happening in Milano, 11mios salary for baka and florenzi?

  5. So far – if I’m not mistaken – Milan lost every game that Bakayoko started. We’d be much better off with Tonali-Krunic. That actually worked quite nicely at the start of the season. We basically already had almost a month where Bennacer and Kessie were missing.

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