Chelsea boss Frank Lampard revealed why he allowed Tiemoue Bakayoko’s departure after the midfielder returned to AS Monaco.
Despite an impressive loan stint at AC Milan last season, Bakayoko returned to Chelsea in the summer only to discover he had no role to play whatsoever under new manager Lampard.
While the one-time France international did feature during pre-season, he didn’t even make the bench once for any of Chelsea’s five games this term.
So Bakayoko, who joined the Blues in 2017 for a €40m, decided to leave Stamford Bridge for a loan spell at Monaco this time. Should things work out back at his old club, however, Les Monegasques can take up their €42m buy option.
But Lampard stands by his decision to offload the 25-year-old as his many midfield options meant some players had to leave.
One of those was Danny Drinkwater, who made just 23 appearances across the last two years. He sealed a similar deal to that of Bakayoko by joining Burnley on loan, with a buy option of €8m included.
“Danny has been here for two years and hadn’t played many games. He was eager for his own benefit, which I felt was good for us,” said Lampard, according to 101GreatGoals.
“Bakayoko similarly was here for one season, went on loan and going on loan again to try to bring himself back to where he wants to be.”
‘If you want to talk midfield players we have got Jorginho, [Mateo] Kovacic, [N’Golo] Kante, [Mason] Mount, [Ross] Barkley. Reece James coming back from injury who can play in midfield, Andreas Christensen who can play in midfield.
“I have to make decisions on the squad as a whole. That is my job.”
Lampard made this revelation following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Sheffield United on Saturday.