The Blues looked to have pulled off a coup in the summer when they managed to sign Bakayoko from Monaco for a fee in the region of £40 million, but the Frenchman is yet to really live up to his big billing.
In fact, the 23-year-old has really struggled since arriving in England, and hasn’t been seen since he was sent off in the recent 4-1 defeat away to Watford.
Manager Antonio Conte confirmed the midfielder was struggling for fitness over the weekend, and he missed Friday’s 4-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup.
Despite a relative lack of options in the middle of the pitch, there’s plenty of Chelsea supporters who are actually pretty happy that their new signing won’t be facing Messi and co:
Yessssss!!! good news for us! Bakayoko 'll be out if Chelsea game against barcelona next week!
— Andrey Davisiology (@andreydavisug) February 17, 2018
Conte: "I don't think Bakayoko is ready to play against Barcelona".
Live scenes of Chelsea fans.. pic.twitter.com/ovabaNee8b
— Emmanuel Swaka (@Swaka_Em) February 17, 2018
No Bakayoko for Barcelona pic.twitter.com/gVTshjCyH7
— MrBlueGuy (@ItsMrBlueGuy) February 17, 2018
Alonso will be fit to face Barcelona but Bakayoko is out
God is good?
— MRS HAZARD (@Wemmy__) February 16, 2018
So glad that Bakayoko is out of the Barcelona game ? Maybe he isn't injured but Conte has finally seen sense and decided to drop him after all of those poor performances. We didn't need him giving the ball away every minute ? We face an uphill task as it is without that. #CFC
— Tom Andrews (@CarefreeTom_182) February 18, 2018
That Moment when you confirm Bakayoko is Out of Chelsea Vs Barcelona pic.twitter.com/VMfzOlNCwK
— Sodipo Mohammed (@pompeydboss) February 18, 2018
When Chelsea fans hear that Bakayoko isn’t playing against Barcelona pic.twitter.com/6RGt9iDXN6
— teddy bear north ? (@General_North) February 18, 2018
@TimoeB08 am so glad to hear that u are injured. pls remain injured till the end of the season.
— tunde subair (@tundesubair2012) February 15, 2018
Bakayoko won't be fit to face Barcelona on Tuesday…GOD'S PLAN ???
— discount jose (@eyy_hoesay_) February 17, 2018
Seems slightly harsh, eh?
Struggling to adapt to new surroundings can be quite common in big-money transfers, so should Chelsea fans perhaps give Bakayoko a bit more time before slaughtering him like this?
What do you think?