Liverpool midfielder Fabinho says Tiemoue Bakayoko looked “good” when he saw him play for Chelsea and thinks the Blues may rue the decision to loan him out.
Maurizio Sarri immediately allowed Bakayoko to go on a season-long loan to AC Milan after a disappointing first season at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte.
The 24-year-old, who signed from Monaco for £35million in the summer of 2017, made 43 appearances, scoring three times last season and struggled to get to grips with the Premier League.
Conte always offered his support for the player, but Frank Lampard was critical of the Bakayoko last December in a Champions League game against Atletico Madrid.
“He sleeps,” said Lampard. “His concentration goes and at this level if you sleep for a second and it’s an easy goal…”
Fabinho though, who was a team-mate of Bakayoko’s at Monaco, thinks he will come back to England stronger.
“I don’t think he struggled that much,” Fabinho told Yahoo Sport. “I watched a few games and he seemed always good to me.
“I’m sure he’ll be able to prove how good he is and show what he did at Monaco. I’m sure if he comes back to England he will be stronger and will show everyone what he’s capable of.”
The midfielder’s new coach at Milan Gennaro Gattuso also did not hold back on criticising Bakayoko last month after the 3-2 loss at Napoli.
“Bakayoko has to learn how to get the ball,” Gattuso said in his post-match press conference. “We must work correctly. It will not be easy.
“One week is not enough to remove the defects of a player. I would have preferred to be managing older, more experienced club players.”
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