Thierry Henry: Chelsea signing is more than midfield destroyer

The Arsenal legend talks up Tiemoue Bakayoko's technical ability following the midfielder's move to Chelsea earlier this summer

Chelsea signing Tiemoue Bakayoko with Nemanja Matic Photo: Tiemoue Bakayoko / Instagram

Thierry Henry believes Chelsea signing Tiemoue Bakayoko is a good technical player despite his reputation as a midfield destroyer.

The French midfielder made his Premier League debut in Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last weekend.

Bakayoko was rushed into the Blues team despite a lack of preparation after recovering from a serious knee operation earlier this summer.

The 23-year-old excelled in the Chelsea despite a lack of match fitness to help the Blues win the midfield battle and secure three points.

The summer signing was a second-half substitute in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Bakayoko established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Champions League last term thanks to his robust performances for AS Monaco.

Former Arsenal striker Henry believes there is more Bakayoko’s game than just being a ball winner.

“He showed [that he sees the midfield picture] he does with Monaco last year,” Henry told Sky Sports.

“Playing in Champions League in big games away from home helped him understand what was going to happen today.

“He is good on the ball. Is he Bernardo Silva on the ball? Maybe not. But he’s good on the ball.”

Bakayoko was one of four summer signings at Stamford Bridge following the arrivals of Willy Caballero, Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger.

Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare after finishing seven points clear of their closest title rivals Tottenham.

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