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Chelsea fans and Danny Murphy were in agreement about Bakayoko v Leicester

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Chelsea's FA Cup quarter-final clash with Leicester City marked the return of Tiemoue Bakayoko after six weeks out injured.

The French midfielder did make a two minute cameo against Crystal Palace last week, but the trip to the King Power Stadium marked his first start back in the team.

There was a lot of pressure riding on his showing, too, with his last outing going down as one of the worst individual performances you'll see all year in the Premier League.

His nightmarish outing in the 4-1 defeat to Watford was cut short by a red card.

So, naturally, Chelsea fans were keen to see whether he has learnt from mistakes against Leicester and whether he could 'metabolise the bad performance against Watford' like Conte suggested.

Danny Murphy leads the criticism of Bakayoko

And while the ex-AS Monaco man didn't exactly produce another disasterclass, it's fair to say his return didn't fill Chelsea supporters with much confidence.

Danny Murphy was on commentary duties for the game and led the charge, wondering why Cesc Fabregas wasn't playing in his place.

He argued: "I understand, Fabregas has a lack of legs and athleticism in a game like this and he gets found wanting but his ability to look around the pitch and make something of the game is second to none.

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"At the moment Bakayoko isn't doing either or the other. He's lost the ball too many times in the middle of the pitch.

"When they won the league, they had Matic next to Kante, they broke sit back and protect the back four At the moment Bakayoko isn't doing one or the other, he's allowing Chelsea to be opened up."

Chelsea fans speak their mind on Twitter

Chelsea fans on Twitter took that even further, though - take a look at the reaction below:

It's easy to think that the Premier League just isn't for Bakayoko.

His success with Monaco and a handful of his Chelsea performances show his quality, yet the number of poor performances are becoming a problem for the Blues.

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Conte seems willing to stand by his summer signing, you just have to wonder whether any potential successor would be quite so lenient, though.

Fans on Twitter can sometimes be accused of overreaction but in this case, they're bang on.

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