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“He sleeps,” he said. “His concentration goes and at this level if you sleep for a second and it’s an easy goal for Atletico.

“I don’t know with Bakayoko. I think it’s well documented that he hasn’t settled quickly at Chelsea and English football in the Premier League as well and he has to come to grips with that.

“A moment’s sleeping today doesn’t work so he needs to improve but he’s [Antonio Conte] got options. [Danny] Drinkwater will play as well but hopefully Bakayoko will improve.”

This was an assessment of Chelsea Legend, Frank Lampard’s on Tiemuo Bakayoko’s performances for Chelsea so far this season. The French midfielder has been the subject of criticisms from pundits and the media. His summer move to Chelsea hasn’t dispel comparison with former Chelsea midfielder, Nemanja Matic who left for Manchester United.

His total performance ratings of being average in games certainly gives room to the criticisms fired at him. His concentration, energy level, passing accuracy, positional sense and attacking play has been average. Here’s another shot fired at him by Frank Lampard after the Leceister game:

“You talk about wanting to do the basics when it isn’t going as well for you but you have to make recovery runs,” the 39-year-old said.

“If you recover at pace there you can get the second ball but he doesn’t.

“His body language is slow, he sticks half a leg out at the ball. Fans will stick with you if you show reactions and urgency but he’s not moving quickly enough and he has to switch on.

“You can have a dip when you come from another league but we are in January now and I really think he needs to start picking up.

“I think he might be struggling, it may be a confidence issue.”

Arsenal Legend, Ian Wright also had this to say: “Now he’s started 17 games out of 23 and there’s a lack of intensity and drive.

“The fact that he’s starting in front of Willian and Pedro is very confusing to me.”

I certainly think it’s time for Conte to drop him. I certainly feel it’s time for him to revert back to 3-4-3 with one of Pedro and Willian back to the starting lineup to play with Hazard and Morata as a triumvirate.

More so, I’ll go with Danny Drinkwater partnering N’Golo Kante in midfield. Cesc Fabregas defensive slackness gives the spot to the former Leicester man. This might just be the change Chelsea and Conte needs to turn around our recent boring and goalless results.

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