Bakayoko with Monaco in 2014
|Date of birth||17 August 1994|
|Place of birth||Paris, France|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2000–2004||Paris 15ème O.|
|2006–2008||Montrouge FC 92|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017
Tiemoué Bakayoko (born 17 August 1994) is a French professional footballer who plays for French club AS Monaco and the French 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.
Bakayoko was born in Paris on 17 August 1994 and played for Paris 15seme O at the age of five. Aged nine, he played for CA Paris Charenton before moving to Montrogue FC 92. In 2008, at the age of 13, he joined the academy at Rennes.
In the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match at the Stade Louis II on 15 March 2017, Bakayoko scored the final goal (it was his first ever UEFA Europa League or UEFA Champions League goal) with a header from a Thomas Lemar free-kick to help Monaco secure a vital goal against Manchester City. Monaco won 3–1 and won the tie on the away goals rule (aggregate score 6–6).
Bakayoko was called up to the senior France squad for the first time to face Luxembourg and Spain in March 2017 after Paul Pogba withdrew through injury. He made his debut on 28 March 2017 against the latter, replacing Adrien Rabiot at halftime of a 2–0 friendly home loss.
Style of play
Bakayoko has been compared to Yaya Toure due to his strong all-round qualities of pace, intelligent reading of the game, ability to intercept passes and accomplished tackling, passing and dribbling, as well as being physically powerful and atheltic. He plays as a defensive midfielder, breaking up attacks and making driving forward runs, with only Gabi and Danny Drinkwater breaking up more attacks during the 2016-17 Champions League. Bakayoko's mananger at Monaco, Leonardo Jardim, says: "He wins a lot of balls, brings balance to the team. He passes the ball well and wins his duels. That is Bakayoko's role."
(Correct as of 20 May 2017) 
|Club||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[nb 1]||Total|
- Includes Trophée des champions
- As of match played 28 March 2017.
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