Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Won’t Be Surprised If This Player Becomes Key Man For Chelsea – Blues Legend


Chelsea legend Pat Nevin says that he would not be surprised if Tiemoue Bakayoko goes on to become a huge player for the Blues in coming seasons.

According to the former Scotland international, Bakayoko had a tremendous game against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with the Blues running out 1-0 winners.

Nevin pointed out that it was important for the Frenchman to return to form considering the fact Bakayoko was struggling to adapt to the Premier League earlier in the season.

Bakayoko has seen his performances criticised since he joined Chelsea last summer.

Nevin, 54, explained that some players take no time in adapting to a new league with new team-mates, while for others it takes time to produce their best.

The retired winger is hoping that Bakayoko builds on his performance against the Reds and Chelsea fans get to witness many good performances and goals in the future from him.

Nevin wrote in his column on Chelsea’s official site: “Another special mention must go to Tiemoue Bakayoko who had a splendid match in the midfield.

“Considering how difficult he was finding life adapting to the Premier League, especially just after the new year, it is a very good upturn in form.

“Some players cruise into a new club with new team-mates in a new league in a new country while managing a new culture.

“Others, however, take some time to acclimatise and I will not be at all surprised if Tiemoue becomes a vital and integral part of the Chelsea team over the next few years.

“I hope and suspect that his recent form will be a harbinger of many more fine performances and indeed goals in the coming seasons.”

Bakayoko has so far featured in 41 games for the Blues in his first season and has netted three times.

Chelsea loanee Jay DaSilva has won Charlton’s player of the year award.

The youngster can play in either full back position, and his excellent season with the Addicks has now been crystalised with this award.

Their season isn’t over either, with the team now in 6th place and preparing for a playoff clash with Shrewsbury, where DaSvila will get further chances to shine.

While he’s had an excellent time in his year and a half in South East London, the fact he’s now one of their standout players perhaps shows its time for Jay to move up a level so he can continue developing against the very best opposition.

Next season he should expect a loan to the Premier League, or to the Championship at the very least – perhaps even with Charlton if he can help take them up through the playoffs that start with their game against the Shrews on Thursday night.

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