Tiémoué Bakayoko (born 17 August 1994) is a French professional footballer who plays for Chelsea and the France national team. He plays as a defensive midfielder due to his ability to break up play, but is considered to have all-round ability, as well as possessing physical power and athleticism, with France manager Didier Deschamps describing him as “a complete midfielder.
In his first two seasons at the club, Bakayoko made 31 Ligue 1 appearances, but was a regular starter in the 2016–17 season, contributing to Monaco’s Ligue 1 title win as well as being named in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League squad of the season. In 2017 he joined Chelsea for £40 million.
Bakayoko joined Monaco in July 2014 for £7 million, and made his debut for the club on 10 August 2014 in a Ligue 1 match against Lorient. He was replaced by Valère Germain after 32 minutes in a 2-1 home loss. His early substitution by Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim created a strained relationship between the two, with Bakayoko saying: “From then on, something was a little broken between him and me”.