Have Fulham learned nothing from their heavily flawed summer splurge?
The Cottagers invested over £100 million on new talent during the summer transfer window, but a club that was expected to take the Premier League by storm after promotion has tanked in spectacular fashion.
A 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town on Monday leaves Fulham bottom of the table after 11 games. Suddenly, the decision to pay massive fees on unproven players like Jean-Michel Seri, Andre-Franck Zambo Anguissa and Maxime le Marchand looks like a big, and expensive, mistake.
So reports from Calciomercato that they have enquired about signing the £36 million Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko on loan in the January transfer window are nothing short of baffling.
After all, Bakayoko struggled badly in England after joining Chelsea from Monaco and was quickly farmed out to AC Milan in the summer, with Maurizio Sarri wasting no time in omitting the clumsy Frenchman from his plans.
And Bakayoko’s struggles show no signs of ending. The 24-year-old has started just two Serie A games for Milan, and rumours emerged suggesting that Gennaro Gattuso’s side could even look to send him back to Stamford Bridge.
From a Fulham perspective, Bakayoko feels like another overpriced big name completely unsuitable for a club in a relegation battle. The 2017 Ligue 1 winner looked out of his depth at Chelsea and there is little reason to suggest he would thrive a few miles from Stamford Bridge.