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Tiemoué Bakayoko
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Bakayoko with Monaco in 2014
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-08-17) 17 August 1994 (age 22)[1]
Place of birth Paris, France[1]
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder[2]
Club information
Current team
Monaco
Youth career
2000–2004 Paris 15ème O.
2004–2006 CA Paris-Charenton
2006–2008 Montrouge FC 92
2008–2013 Rennes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Rennes B 16 (0)
2013–2014 Rennes 24 (1)
2014– Monaco 63 (3)
National team
2010 France U16 2 (0)
2011 France U17 7 (0)
2011 France U18 2 (0)
2014 France U20 3 (0)
2014–2016 France U21 13 (0)
2017– France 1 (0)
* 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's senior career began at Rennes after joining their academy at the age of 13. He made 24 appearances for the club before moving to Monaco in 2014 for £7 million.[3]

He made his first senior international appearance for France in March 2017 against Spain, coming on as a substitute to replace Adrien Rabiot.

Early life

Bakayoko was born in Paris on 17 August 1994 and played for Paris 15seme O at the age of five.[3] Aged nine, he played for CA Paris Charenton before moving to Montrogue FC 92.[3] In 2008, at the age of 13, he joined the academy at Rennes.[3]

Club career

Rennes

Bakayoko made his debut for the Ligue 1 side on 24 August 2013 in a Ligue 1 match against Évian TG, playing the whole match in a 2-1 away win.[4][5]

Monaco

Bakayoko made his Monaco debut 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.[6][7][8]

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).[9]

International career

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.[10] He made his debut on 28 March 2017 against the latter, replacing Adrien Rabiot at halftime of a 2–0 friendly home loss.[11][3]

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,[6][12] as well as being physically powerful and atheltic.[6] 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.[13][2] 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."[2]

Career statistics

Club

(Correct as of 20 May 2017) [14]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other[nb 1] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rennes 2013–14 24 1 3 0 1 0 28 1
Total 24 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 28 1
Monaco 2014–15 12 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 18 0
2015–16 19 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 23 2
2016–17 32 2 1 0 4 0 14 1 51 3
Total 63 3 4 1 7 0 18 1 0 0 92 5
Career total 87 4 7 1 8 0 18 1 0 0 120 6
  1. ^ Includes Trophée des champions

International

As of match played 28 March 2017.[15]
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2017 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours

Club

Monaco

Individual

References

  1. ^ a b c "Tiemoué Bakayoko - Player Profile - Football". Eurosport British. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Johnson, Simon (26 June 2017). "Bakayoko yet to agree Chelsea transfer as Man Utd wait on Matic". Evening Standard. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Shilton, Alec (27 June 2017). "Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko 'arrives for medical ahead of £35m Chelsea move'". The Sun. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Pandey, Kaustubh (2 March 2017). "Scout Report: Tiemoue Bakayoko | Monaco's midfield engine". Outside of the Boot. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Evian vs. Rennes - 24 August 2013 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
  6. ^ a b c Yokhin, Michael (24 January 2017). "Tiemoue Bakayoko: Meet Monaco's midfield general being squabbled over by Manchester United and Chelsea". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Butler, Michael (10 August 2014). "Monaco v Lorient: Ligue 1 – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Monaco vs. Lorient - 10 August 2014 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2016-12-18. 
  9. ^ Samuel, Martin. "Monaco 3-1 Manchester City (agg 6-6): Guardiola's side crash out". Mail Online. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Le Monégasque Bakayoko remplace Pogba chez les Bleus" (in French). sport24.com. 18 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "France vs. Spain - 28 March 2017 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  12. ^ Kelly, Ciaran (29 March 2017). "Monaco star could be as crucial to Manchester United as Antoine Griezmann". men. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  13. ^ Gordon, Jamie (23 June 2017). "Who is Tiemoue Bakayoko? £35million Chelsea target set to replace Nemanja Matic". The Sun. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  14. ^ "Tiemoué Bakayoko Socceway Profile". Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "Tiemoué Bakayoko - national football team player". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  16. ^ http://en.as.com/en/2017/05/17/football/1495054892_245924.html
  17. ^ "UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season". UEFA.com. 5 June 2017. 

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