Tiemoue Bakayoko was impressive against Manchester United on Sunday and according to Chelsea legend Pat Nevin, the 23-year-old midfielder won the midfield battle against Nemanja Matic.
Nevin believes Bakayoko’s performance against Manchester United on Sunday shows he is the man for the future.
“In the midst of storming performances from everyone else in the side, I was also intrigued by the 23-year-old Tiemoue Bakayoko’s contribution,” Nevin wrote in Chelsea’s official website.
“He did give the ball away more than was comfortable and he got booked again, but we could see in that performance a power and energy that could well become an unstoppable force in the months and years to come.
“There were many who questioned the release of Nemanja Matic to United and I understand their point, but in reality having watched them face up against each other I think the younger man in blue (including the hair) clearly won the battle on the day and there is a very good chance he is the man for the future.
“His breaking into the box from deep was extraordinary, leaving everyone else in his wake and although he didn’t finish that well, the important thing is he got himself into those incredible positions.
“In fact he probably got into more scoring positions than any other player on the field on the day.”