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5 players who will want to forget the 2017/18 season

Scott Newman
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10.21K   //    10 May 2018, 02:32 IST

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Tiemoue Bakayoko has struggled in his debut season for Chelsea

After ten months of action, we’re literally days away from the end of the 2017/18 Premier League season. It’s been an eventful one – we’ve seen Manchester City storm to the league title, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion relegated to the Championship, and Mohamed Salah score an incredible 43 goals in all competitions for Liverpool.

It hasn’t been great for a handful of other players, though. Whether it’s been down to injuries, lack of form or a clash with management, the following 5 players will probably want to forget 2017/18 as quickly as possible and move on with their careers – hopefully regaining some lost momentum in the process.


#1: Tiemoue Bakayoko

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Bakayoko was sent off after just 30 minutes against Watford

Most of Chelsea’s signings in the summer of 2017 have struggled to an extent this season, but none have had as torrid a time as Frenchman Tiemoue Bakayoko. Signed from Monaco for a fee of around £40m, Bakayoko was expected to fill the role of defensive midfielder vacated by Nemanja Matic, who was sold to Manchester United. Instead, the French international has simply looked miles off the pace most of the time and has been one of the Blues’ worst performers.

Making 28 appearances in the Premier League, Bakayoko has never looked likely to live up to his lofty price tag. His average rating of 6.93 on WhoScored.com is the second-lowest of any outfield player making more than 25 league appearances for Chelsea, and highlight reels of his various mistakes and misplaced passes can be consistently found littering social media.

Undoubtedly, his nadir came in February when he was sent off in a match against Watford for two bookable offences in just 30 minutes. It was a truly shocking display.

Some people – including former French international Robert Pires – have suggested Bakayoko could come good in time, as he’s only 23 years old and took some time to really establish himself at Monaco. But whether he’ll be given that much patience at Chelsea is another thing entirely. Either way, 2017/18 has been a season to forget for the midfielder.

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Scott Newman
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UK based, big follower of football and MMA. Tottenham and England fan for life!
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