Andy Townsend: I was wrong about Chelsea FC summer signing, I thought he’d be a hit

The former Chelsea FC defender hasn't been impressed with Tiemoue Bakayoko's performances in his Blues career so far

Chelsea FC signing Tiemoue Bakayoko Photo: Tiemoue Bakayoko / Instagram

Andy Townsend has admitted that he is surprised at Tiemoue Bakayoko’s struggles since his move to Chelsea FC from AS Monaco in the summer transfer window.

The France international completed a £40m move to Chelsea FC from Ligue 1 title holders AS Monaco in the summer to bolster Antonio Conte’s midfield options.

However, the Italian coach wasn’t counting on the departure of Nemanja Matic in a £40m switch to Manchester United back in August.

The Blues signing has struggled with the added pressure of filling the void left by Matic following the Serbian’s exit.

Bakayoko was particularly poor in Chelsea FC’s humiliating 4-1 loss to London rivals Watford at Vicarage Road last week.

The 23-year-old was guilty of misplacing four passes before two bookings in five minutes resulted in his dismissal after half an hour.

Former Chelsea FC defender Townsend didn’t hold back in his assessment of the French midfielder following his red card.

“I watched Bakayoko last year,” Townsend told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“He looked like he had all the tools required to be a hit in the Premier League.

“His performance at Watford put the lid on how he has started his Chelsea career. He was abysmal.”

Bakayoko has scored two goals and has made two assists in 24 appearances in the Premier League this season.

The Frenchman has also made one goal and made one assist in five Champions League outings.

Chelsea FC are in fourth place in the Premier League table and a mere point ahead Tottenham Hotspur.

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