KNEE JERK DEAL: TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO’S INJURY HISTORY REASON FOR DELAYED MOVE TO CHELSEA

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With the summer transfer window gradually gathering pace in dealings, Chelsea supporters are worried over the club’s proposed deal to sign Monaco’s French midfielder, Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The towering midfielder impressed with some scintillating displays last season as the French club broke PSG’s stronghold on Ligue 1 by claiming the title and even making it to the semifinals of the Champions League. As one of the standout performers, it’s no surprise the player is wanted by several clubs which Chelsea look to have won the race for his signature.

But his previous injury record feels like a thinking time bomb. We can remember Liverpool’s deal for Alberto Aquilani during Rafael Benitez reign. The player was bought injured from AS Roma and never really played for the Merseyside club as incessant injuries kept him out of the team until he was jettisoned from the club. I certainly think Chelsea don’t want to be caught in the web of such scenario with Bakayoko.

Here is his injury history:

– He suffered an injury as a youngster which kept him sidelined for eight months and he missed out on a place at the famed Clairefontaine academy.

– While at Monaco, he suffered a thigh injury which kept him out for just over three months and missed 21 games during that period on the sidelines.

– His progress for Leonardo Jardim’s team was hampered the following season with a malleolar injury putting him on the sidelines once again. He spent over a month and missed six games.

– Following his comeback, Bakayoko kicked on and caught the eye with a number of top performances in midfield. Though last season he managed to get through a full season unscathed, yet he was forced to wear a protective mask for the Champions League semi-final against Juventus after breaking his nose in a freak training ground collision.

His injury concerns have led to a delay over the protracted transfer due to knee surgery. The Chelsea hierarchy and fans may be concerned about his previous injury record.

“Bakayoko has been unlucky with injuries, but it is worth noting that the surgery on his knee is routine and deemed as minor”.

He played 46 games last campaign and he will be confident of repeating that for the Blues next season.

Let’s keep our hope alive as the club tries to seal the deal. Cheers!

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