Chelsea loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko has found himself in hot water over in Milan this weekend.
As reported by Calcio Mercato, the Frenchman has been caught up in a social media debacle following his behaviour after Milan’s victory against Lazio.
Defender Francesco Acerbi had been involved in a running spat with a number of Milan players before the game and in a bid to put an end to the matter, Bakayoko offered to swap shirts with Acerbi after the full-time whistle as a peace offering, at least that’s what it looked like he was doing.
Instead, the midfielder and Ivorian Franck Kessie held it up towards the Milan fans like a trophy, gloating after Milan’s victory.
The act has led to backlash in Italy towards the pair, who have since apologised to Acerbi. Gennaro Gattuso, a manager who has publically voiced his displeasure about social media in the past, has also criticised his players.
Should Chelsea give Bakayoko a Stamford Bridge lifeline?
Proven his worth at Milan
Tiemoue Bakayoko has certainly come on leaps and bounds this season at Milan. He looks much improved from the player we saw under Antonio Conte at Chelsea.
Does he block the first-team for youngsters even further?
With the likes of Mason Mount impressing out on loan, is there room for another midfielder at Chelsea? Given the current competition in midfield, you can hardly find a space for him in the current squad.
It’s fair to say that Chelsea did not see the best of him during his time in London, but it all comes down to whether or not they saw enough. Can they look past a poor first season and give him another chance? The best could yet be to come.
Does he fit the system?
Maurizio Sarri does not play an out-and-out defensive midfielder and Bakayoko has proved he’s more than that this season. But ultimately, it’s hard to see a spot for him when Jorginho takes up the deepest role in the midfield three.