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Tiemoue Bakayoko made his Chelsea debut against Tottenham on Sunday and Liverpool legend Jamie Redknapp revealed the 23-year-old is a midfield powerhouse.

Redknapp also revealed Bakayoko has got the power to pick the ball and run 40/50 yards, an ability former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic doesn’t have.

“I thought he did very well, considering he has not had a pre-season. It has been difficult because there have been so many comparisons and people talking about Nemanja Matic and the importance that he has to Chelsea,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“So, I am sure he was a bit nervous about that but I thought (on Sunday), he was very composed, he was powerful, completely different to Matic.

“Matic hasn’t got the power to pick the ball up in these areas and run 40/50 yards. He is a midfield powerhouse (Bakayoko). He worked extremely hard for his team (on Sunday).

“I think Chelsea have got a good player here. Make no mistake about it. 23 years of age and I think in a few years to come, he will only get better.”

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  1. Morris Tamba | August 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm |

    Yeah, I felt and feeling very good even after the game. I saw a struggling Champion Team playing this good, I mean, I was impressed especially with Bakayoko performances, Kante, and Utility David Luiz. I believe, Chelsea is getting ready for all competitions.

  2. Coker ayobami | August 23, 2017 at 10:38 am |

    Am proud to be a blues fans, so happy because you mock our rivals when they think we can’t do better…

  3. Israel Mark | August 24, 2017 at 7:11 am |

    Rubbish! Age has started telling on this old man. He is controversial and confused in his criticism of the two players. A goof coach should tell you about the workload of the two players not picking the ball and run with it, picking the ball is not a special skill to a holder. How much work does Matic do in the midfield is what should be looked at. In terms of tackles, ball interception, formidability, shots, dribble, accurate passes, physical and mental strength because he is a defensive midfielder. These should be factors for his comparison. Has Matic been static? No! Obviously everybody knows that selling Matic was a big mistake, no doubt.

  4. I can’t wait to see bakayoko play more games at Chelsea ooooooooh
    I like the way he played last match!!!!!!!

  5. Well said…

  6. As we all know that Harry Redknaap is a confuse man, does xavi run with the ball, does wanyama run with the ball, does fabrigas run with the ball, does modric run with the ball, does casemiro run with the ball, does pirlo run with the ball… Hmmm Matic is a better midfielder than bakayoko, simple

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