Rio Ferdinand sends message to Chelsea fans about Tiemoue Bakayoko

Rio Ferdinand discusses Tiemoue Bakayoko following his move to Chelsea from Monaco

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he is yet to be convinced by Tiemoue Bakayoko at Chelsea.

The French midfielder is getting used to life at Chelsea after signing for the west London club from Monaco back in July.

Bakayoko was brought in as a replacement for Nemanja Matic after Antonio Conte opted to sell the Serbian midfielder to Premier League rivals Manchester United.

The midfielder has been working his way into the first team at Stamford Bridge after having missed the first few games of the season with an injury.

He has been filling in for the injured N’Golo Kante in the centre of Chelsea’s midfield in recent games.

However, Ferdinand is not convinced about Bakayoko’s overall ability as a holding midfield player.

Speaking on BT Sport on Tuesday night, Ferdinand said: “Bakayoko is mobile and athletic but can he do it on his own?

“Can he stop the time and pace to pass the ball?

“Kante is someone who is aggressive against people. He is on the front foot defending.”

Chelsea will look to bounce back from their disappointing 3-0 defeat by Roma on Sunday when they take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues won the same fixture by a 4-0 scoreline last season in the Premier League.

Chelsea fans will be hoping to see Kante back in action after his lay-off with a hamstring injury when the Blues take on the Red Devils in west London.

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