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Chelsea fans are holding Bakayoko to bizarre promise after scoring v Palace

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The Premier League season may only be two months old but Chelsea's humiliating defeat to Crystal Palace has blown a sizeable hole in their title chances.

Failing to harvest a single point from the trip to Selhurst Park is all the more painful when you consider Palace entered the game with absolutely no points or goals to their name. 

Cesar Azpilicueta put through his own net to give the Eagles an unlikely lead before Wilfried Zaha delivered the knockout blow just before half-time. The home side didn't sit back and under the command of Roy Hodgson, ground out a remarkable 2-1 win.

Antonio Conte's side now slip down to fifth place, behind Watford, and linger a sizeable nine points behind Manchester City who wiped the floor with Stoke City in a 7-2 mauling.

Chelsea have shown signs of great promise this season, no more so in away victories over Tottenham and Atletico Madrid. However, their three league losses so far, have seen them a victim of inconsistency.

If there's one positive to take from the Palace showing, though, then it's the performance of Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The Frenchman has been straddled with unenviable pressure this season after essentially being introduced as a straight-swap for the outgoing Nemanja Matic who left for Manchester United.

Moreover, there were doubts over whether his impressive performances were simply limited to a season where simply everything came together for Monaco.


That being said, since returning to match fitness, Bakayoko has established a formidable relationship with N'Golo Kante and has even contributed a few goals to the cause. He already has a healthier tally than the one amassed by Matic last year.

Bakayoko provided the equaliser in the doomed Palace performance but in arriving so quickly after his last striker - versus Qarabag in September - he could be forced to eat his words.

That's because the 23-year-old made a rather bold promise just days before the trip to south London regarding his plans for breaking his Premier League duck.


Speaking to The Sun, he vowed: “As soon as I score a goal I will change the colour of my hair. Possibly to blue. I like changing the colour of my hair from time to time.

“I don’t go completely over the top, but sometimes I find it brings me good luck. Since the Man City game I put some white in my hair.”

And Chelsea fans certainly haven't forgotten. Check out the amused reaction on Twitter when Bakayoko scored yesterday:

The Blues travel to AS Roma on Wednesday so that's three days and counting, Tiemoue - better make sure it's not Lazio blue either.

Who would you rather have in your team - Bakayoko or Matic? Have your say in the comments section below.

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