Few people knew who Tiemoue Bakayoko was when stories first emerged of him being linked. Apart from that goal against Manchester City, not much. This lull was followed by some old quotes that resurfaced about Bakayoko by Blues’ very own Makelele. Now he has been asked about both of the Chelsea shield in midfield.
Makelele played in a position and quite literally made it his own. In a way he always encouraged the Chelsea new boy to achieve his potential and make the position his own. It seems Bakayoko has started to deliver on his promise in Makelele’s eyes. And who better to judge than the man himself? So read on and find out the exact words of the Blues legend.
Bakayoko joined Chelsea from Monaco for £40m during the summer transfer window and has slotted into the first team alongside last season’s player of the year Kante.
“[Kante and Bakayoko] are so much stronger together,” Blues legend Makelele said.
“Kante runs a lot, Bakayoko is more of a dribbler, he’s more clever and powerful in possession.”
Makelele worked with Bakayoko during his spell as a coach at Monaco and he believes the 23-year-old has come on leaps-and-bounds.
“I met him when I was working in Monaco and I pushed him to make that position his own,” Makelele said.
“He defends with such quality now.”
Kante has drawn comparisons to Makelele, who won five major honours during his time at Stamford Bridge.
The France international played a crucial role in last season’s Premier League title triumph.
And Makelele believes Kante is a “complete midfielder”.
“He enjoys the job,” Makelele told the Standard.
“He plays for his team-mates. He’s not selfish. Every manager in the world wants a player like that in his team.
“He produces the quality with his plays and his runs but that’s not all, he does the defensive work too. He has got everything a complete midfielder has. He is the perfect fit for the system Conte has put on the pitch.”
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