Chelsea FC warned 27-year-old won’t be happy about Tiemoue Bakayoko starting
Andy Townsend warns that Danny Drinkwater will grow discontent at a lack of playing time at Chelsea FC despite Tiemoue Bakayoko's struggles
Danny Drinkwater will be perplexed that Tiemoue Bakayoko continues to get a chance in Chelsea FC side despite his poor performances this term, Andy Townsend has warned.
The France international moved to the defending Premier League champions in a £40m deal from Ligue 1 title holders AS Monaco in the summer transfer window.
Chelsea FC made the surprise decision to sell England international Nemanja Matic in a £40m deal to title rivals Manchester United to leave Conte short on midfield options.
The Blues delved into their coffers to sign Drinkwater in a £35m deal from Leicester City before the close of the summer transfer market.
Bakayoko has scored two goals and has made two assists in 35 appearances in all competitions in the current campaign.
However, the Frenchman has struggled to find consistent level and Bakayoko was particularly poor in a 4-1 loss to Watford last week.
Drinkwater, on the other hand, has only started three Premier League games in a frustrating spell at Chelsea FC so far.
Former Chelsea FC defender Townsend believes Drinkwater will be frustrated at a lack of game time given Antonio Conte’s persistence with Bakayoko.
“Chelsea should learn from the Matic experience,” Townsend told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“They shouldn’t be in too much of a rush to allow their best players to leave. They have to make it difficult for them.”
Bakayoko conceded possession four times before he picked up two yellow cards to result in his dismissal at the half hour mark in Chelsea FC’s 4-1 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road last week.