It’s now official Chelsea have signed French midfielder, Tiemuo Bakayoko from Monaco for a reported fee of £40m. The midfielder who was presented by Michael Emenalo signed a five-year deal contract and will wear No.14 shirt had this to say about joining Chelsea:
“I am very happy to be here and to join this great team. I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood.
“I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach and alongside so many great team-mates.”
Chelsea’s assumed sluggishness in the transfer market can be forgiven by the fans after the completion of this protracted deal for Bakayoko. He becomes Chelsea’s second most expensive signing just behind £50m Fernando Torres. The midfielder is expected to partner Kante at the heart of Chelsea’s double-pivot midfield. Here are 3 reasons this deal makes so much sense:
CONTE MIDFIELD TARGET DELIVERED:
The word ‘key player’ as used in football does not only refer to a club most outstanding player, but could also mean a player viewed by both the manager and club as the perfect signing. You can remember former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho’s words when Papy was signed rather than John Stones two seasons ago.
There’s no doubting that Bakayoko is Conte’s preferred choice. The player’s revelation surely proves that there’s a connection between them:
“We spoke a lot about tactics, and training, and he took the time to talk to me about my game and explain I must be serious-minded and work hard,” the midfielder said.
The difference between signing a player based on sentiment rather than on a manager’s preference is that the player might struggle and find it hard to fit into the manager’s plan. Chelsea smart signing of Bakayoko will surely have been to Conte’s delight.
CHELSEA RICH HISTORY WITH MIDFIELDERS:
Chelsea’s splurge into the transfer market for a central or defensive midfielder player over the years has always been successful. We can recall: Michael Essien (£27m from Lyon), Frank Lampard (£11m from West Ham United), Mikel Obi (£16m Lyn Oslo), Michael Ballack (free transfer from Bayern Munich), Ramires Santos (£18m from Benfica), N’golo Kante (£32m), Claude Makelele (£16.8m) and many others. These legendary players enjoyed successful spells at Chelsea and won a lot of silverware for the club. In view of this, Chelsea’s purchase of Bakayoko looks a good deal, and the club will hope the player continues our successful trend.
STRENGTHENS THE TEAM:
One of the real reasons a club would splash the cash on a marquee signing is to add star quality to its existing team. This is exactly what Chelsea hope to have done by signing Bakayoko. During the player’s unveiling, Chelsea technical director, Michael Emenalo had this to say concerning the deal:
“Tiémoué was outstanding as Monaco emerged as one of Europe’s best sides last season and we are delighted to welcome him to Chelsea,” said Emenalo.
“Despite his young age, he already has plenty of experience as a French title winner and having competed in the latter stages of the Champions League, we believe he will add considerable quality to our squad.”
Surely the player is seen as a huge prospect, a good signing for the club and one that will provide a winning edge to our game. Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!