Tiemoue Bakayoko has become the forgotten man for AC Milan as head coach Stefano Pioli continues to not use him in any situation.
La Gazzetta dello Sport writes how Bakayoko started against Venezia and Spezia in January and then has gone seven games in a row without a single minute. It is well known that Kessie, Tonali and Bennacer are ahead of him in the pecking order, but the Frenchman hasn’t even played when there have been suspensions for the latter two.
He arrived in the summer from Chelsea on a two-year loan, with a €5m loan fee immediately and another €15m needed to make it a permanent deal at the end of that. He rejoined the club he last fully felt at home with, having been at Milan in 2018-19 under Gattuso, amassing 42 games and a goal in the derby.
Under Pioli he got a muscle injury on his debut against Lazio (one month off) and has 17 appearances in all competitions: 13 in Serie A, three in the Champions League and one in the cup, with only five starts and in three of those he came off at half-time.
In January he had some offers from abroad, but he chose to stay at San Siro in order not to abandon the ship but if things continue like this, his future will be elsewhere. There is no obligation to buy clause linked to appearances and instead that applies in 2022-23, when Bakayoko will have to play at least 15 games of 45 minutes or more for the €15m option to become an obligation.
That means that his exclusion in the last month and a half is a purely technical choice by Pioli, and therefore the early termination of his loan is possible too.