Antonio Conte has said that Tiemoue Bakayoko could play at Wembley against rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Conte said this, “I am concerned, there is a risk when you put players in earlier, it makes the injury risk high”. With Cesc Fabregas suspended and a lack of midfield options, Conte has considered bringing the Frenchman back from a knee injury early.
It is clear that Chelsea have significant depth issues. With Nemanja Matic and Nathaniel Chalobah being sold; Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Van Ginkel, Lewis Baker, and several other midfielders being sold or loaned, the central midfield position is short on numbers. As it stands N’Golo Kante is the only fit and available out and out central midfielder in the side, with Fabregas suspended and Christensen and David Luiz unlikely to be tested in that position. Chelsea have been linked with Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater but are unwilling to pay the 30 million asking price and are more likely to dish out 20 million for the Englishman. No matter the fee, Drinkwater or any other signing won’t be here in time for Chelsea’s crucial tie against Spurs, and Tiemoue Bakayoko may be given his Chelsea debut.
Bakayoko signed from AS Monaco this summer for around £40 million and much has been said about the potential of the Bakayoko and Kante midfield duo. But after a horror start to the season will Chelsea get back to their winning ways?