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The sale of David Luiz to Arsenal on transfer deadline day was a shocker to many, as Frank Lampard decided to let go of the experienced defender. Lampard also let the likes of Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta leave the club on loan deals as he didn’t want the duo in the first team.
Despite the transfer ban, Chelsea still have a large squad and Lampard is prepared to let a few first team players leave the club. The European transfer will come to a wind by September 2, and the future of Tiemoue Bakayoko is still uncertain.
Bakayoko still has three years remaining on his Chelsea contract and spent the last season on loan with AC Milan. Chelsea are hoping to seal a loan deal before the end of the transfer window.
According to reports, Chelsea weren’t keen on letting Bakayoko join former club Monaco, but recent report from France now claims that Bakayoko could be set for another loan move away from Chelsea as talks with his former club Monaco have progressed.
Despite featuring regularly under Antonio Conte, Bakayoko failed to impress at Chelsea, and Maurizio Sarri also didn’t give him a chance. Under current boss Frank Lampard, Bakayoko is yet to make the Chelsea first team for any competitive game.
The Frenchman isn’t the only one who’s yet to make a match day squad as Michy Batshuayi has also failed to make any appearance for the Blues.
Lampard has revealed that the striker must be willing to work hard to get into the starting XI.
“Fitness was one thing. To give him a bit. It’s been a hard pre season and I had three strikers to use,” Lampard said.
“But every training session has to be an opportunity to work and really work and get fitter and train on the edge whether it is a simple game or possession, or running.
“Not just Michy but all the players have to understand that. Yes, Michy could be fitter but so can the others it’s early season yes.
“I will work with Michy. What I demand or ask for from the strikers is that they work hard off the ball because we want to win the ball back high up the pitch.
“It needs a lot of work which is not nice work. It is hard. Also to be a striker who is always going to give defenders a problem by always attacking the defensive line.
“Michy has all the qualities to do that and I want to work with him to achieve that; hopefully do it better and do it well for us.”