Tiemoue Bakayoko is a chelsea player having today completed a transfer from Monaco.
Bakayoko, 22, is a tall, strong and quick central midfielder who was instrumental in Monaco’s Rollo 1 triumph last season, as well as their impressive run into Champions League semi-finals.
He recently made his debut for France in the same line-up as new team-mate N’Golo Kante, and is widely recognized as one of the better young central midfielders in European soccer.
Bakayoko, who has fixed a five-year contract and will wear the no. 14 shirt, said: ‘I am very happy to be here also to sign up for this great team. I actually have matured watching Chelsea. Signing was your natural thing for me since it is a club I loved very much in my childhood.’I am now looking frontward to evolving under this fantastic coach and along with so many great team-mates. ‘
Technical director Michael Emenalo added: ‘Tiemoue was outstanding as Monaco emerged as one of Europe’s best attributes last season and we are delighted to welcome him to Chelsea.
‘Despite his young age he already has plenty of experience as a People from france title winner and having competed in the second option stages of the Champions League, we feel he will add considerable quality to our squad. ‘
In possession, Bakayoko typically takes on quickly and simply but has the capacity to be more expansive if required, and is strong in an one-on-one situation.
His physicality, awareness and timing in the tackle means he is superb at winning the ball back and unwanted opponents into mistakes. In a tight central midfield two at Monaco this individual starred as they unexpectedly beat Paris St-Germain to the title and also reached the last four of the Champions Little league, knocking out Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund on the way. Bakayoko scored the decisive goal in a thrilling two-legged tie against the Premier League side.
Born in Paris, Bakayoko arrived through the Rennes schools in the north-west of France and made his senior debut in August 2013, a week after his 19th birthday.
This individual signed for Monaco the following summer and made almost 100 appearances for the principality side during his three seasons there, scoring five goals.