With just two targets for the striker position, and one of them preferring a move to Old Trafford, it is certain as to why Antonio Conte pursued Alvaro Morata this summer. However, the Blues took their chances with midfield, as they let go of Matic, and signed Bakayoko as his replacement.
Conte, being an admirer of Morata since their days together at Juventus, has been satisfied with the performances he’s been showcasing. The Spaniard has actually performed honestly well for the London club, netting 10 goals in his first 22 appearances for the club.
Nonetheless, the 25-year-old squandered numerous chances to find the back of the net when Chelsea suffered a stunning 1-0 defeat to West Ham on Saturday. Owing to that very fact, the reactions that followed on Twitter were unforgiving.
Some even claimed they would have been better off with Diego Costa rather than the Spanish international.
In perspective, Costa was perfect for us. Pashun, grit, determination and only needs one chance to score. Perfect for a small club. Morata's more suited to bigger clubs like Juve and Real, clubs capable of creating more than one chance for their forward.
— Al Capone (@BeIgianMaestro) December 9, 2017
#Morata is not the kind of player to be the lead striker for a team like #CFC. A huge shame letting #Costa leave. #Conte has to accept he has made a mistake. The team appears blunt. Morata only effective with his head!
— SeunNiyi (@oawonuga) December 9, 2017
Costa would have finished that. Morata has missed so many good chances lately
— Chad (@VT_4life) December 9, 2017
Another man who was under scrutiny last night was Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Despite the fact that the midfielder has performed reasonably well since his advent, he operated unsatisfactorily against the Hammers. The home side started the game as the better team, with the Frenchman being outclassed in the midfield.
Marko Arnautovic marked his side’s lead after just seven minutes to the initial whistle, as Conte’s men lost the hopes of closing in on the Mancunians. The gaffer tried to turn things around by making a rather bizarre half-time substitution, displacing Bakayoko with Pedro.
Regardless, the attempt was in vain, and the supporters of the Stamford Bridge outfit took to Twitter, arguing that Ruben Loftus-Cheek, amidst his bright form at Crystal Palace, isn’t even an option, and unable to replace the hesitant Bakayoko.
The Bakayoko / Loftus-Cheek situation at Chelsea tells you everything you need to know about what's wrong with English football.
— Mr Sheckley (@ChrisSheckley) December 9, 2017
Bakayoko once again doing nothing, bring back Baker or Loftus-Cheek
— AfroBEAST Temu (@Brother_Sudi) December 9, 2017
Loftus Cheek is better than Bakayoko surely
— Daniel (@TheRealDmac_) December 9, 2017
If the talented midfielder fails to settle in by January, Conte is likely to consider his options with the massive financial resources he’s been presented with.
Written by Hritwik NE
Passionate writer, coated in Blue.