Alvaro Morata and Tiemoue Bakayoko will get a stay on execution of their Chelsea careers as the board is ready to invest more time in the duo
As Mo Salah won the PFA Player of the Year award, beating his nearest rival Kevin De Bruyne, one could not help but wonder what could have been for Chelsea. Both of these players came in as young up-starts at Stamford Bridge but were cast off before they even got a chance to prove their worth. The Blues are wary of repeating the same mistake are willing to give more time to Alvaro Morata and Tiemoue Bakayoko.
The Blues will not listen to any offers for the duo unless the players themselves express a desire to leave.
Juventus are interested in re-signing Alvaro Morata, and Monaco are keen on bringing back Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Chelsea won’t listen to offers, unless either ask to leave (Telegraph) pic.twitter.com/Kz03cWblEA
— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) April 24, 2018
The duo arrived in the summer, each commanding a hefty price tag, but haven’t been able to cement a spot in the starting eleven. Bakayoko especially has been heavily criticised for his inability to cope up with the pace and physicality of the Premier League. Although, the Frenchman has been a historical slow-starter.
In his first season with Monaco, he made just 17 appearances before becoming an integral part of the side that reached the Champions League semi-final last season and also won the Ligue 1. Another big factor has been the knee injury that he suffered in the summer. He underwent surgery last May and missed a major part of the pre-season, thus hindering the beginning of the season.
Morata, on the other hand, had a bright start to the season. He has scored 15 goals in his debut season, a decent return in itself, but has seen his attitude questioned several times. He has complained about life in England and has also shown a tendency to go down with the softest of touches in games. If reports are to be believed then both Juventus and Real Madrid are interested in bringing back their former player.
However, Chelsea hope that duo irons out their first season jitters and come good for the club instead of proving their talent at another club.
A stance that has long been overdue is finally being taken by Chelsea. The club has a chronic problem of not giving its youngsters a chance and hopefully, this can be the beginning of the change. Admittedly, Morata and Bakayoko are not exactly ‘youngster’ but this still represents a change in thinking, and possibly even the transfer policy.
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