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Frank Lampard explains why Chelsea fans are losing patience with Tiemoue Bakayoko

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Chelsea have not made the best start to 2018. 

For the first time in their history, the club has had three consecutive 0-0 results after drawing with Leicester on Saturday. 

That result means they've fallen even further behind leaders Manchester City and it also gives Manchester United the chance to go three points clear of them in second. 

And Antonio Conte's side were lucky to get a point at home to Leicester. The Foxes battered Chelsea for 45 minutes and were arguably on top until the 68th minute. 

The tide changed with just over 20 minutes to go when Ben Chilwell was sent off for the away side, but an uninspired Chelsea team still couldn't break through. 

Although none of Conte's team covered themselves in glory this weekend, there's one player who has come into more criticism than others. 

Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. 

Blues fans haven't been too impressed with the Frenchman's performances since he arrived from AS Monaco last summer, for almost £40 million. 

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His positioning and finishing have been particularly poor so far this season, with many fans questioning how he's keeping Danny Drinkwater out of the team at the moment. 

And following another sluggish performance on Saturday, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has sent a warning to Bakayoko, suggesting that fans will turn against him if he carries on the way he's playing. 

Speaking on Match of the Day last night, Lampard explained what Bakayoko's got to do to turn it around at Stamford Bridge. 

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"You talk about wanting to do the basics when it isn't going as well for you but you have to make recovery runs," the former midfielder said, per the Daily Mail

"His body language is slow, he sticks half a leg out at the ball. Fans will stick with you if you show reactions and urgency but he's not moving quickly enough and he has to switch on.

"You can have a dip when you come from another league but we are in January now and I really think he needs to start picking up. I think he might be struggling, it may be a confidence issue." 

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If there's anybody who knows about becoming a world-class midfielder at Chelsea, it's Lampard.

Before retiring, he left the Blues as the club's all-time record goalscorer, winning every domestic trophy on offer.

If Bakayoko can achieve half of what Lampard did in west London, he'll have a very successful career, so maybe he should be listening to the ex-midfielders advice.  

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