Tiemoue Bakayoko has already experienced a pretty eventful loan spell at AC Milan.
After being routinely criticised for his performances at Chelsea, the move offered him the chance to prove his quality once again and potentially earn himself a second chance at Stamford Bridge.
However, just a few games into his time at Serie A and negative reviews were already beginning to emerge in the Italian media, giving Chelsea fans an unwanted sense of deja vu.
During an interview in October, AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso remarked: “Bakayoko needs to be helped, as he is struggling.
“The tactics haven’t been drilled into his head yet and evidently it’s my fault, we need to do more work with him in training.
Bakayoko in Serie A
“He has been here for two months and we haven’t yet been able to get him to understand the movements."
That was two months ago, however, and Bakayoko has dramatically turned his form around, prompting widespread praise from AC Milan supporters.
Brilliant performances in clashes with Juventus and Lazio completely dismissed memories of that troublesome start and there is even speculation of a permanent move in the summer.
Bakayoko's highlights this season
Although his purple patch was somewhat interrupted by his sending off against Bologna, his showings have continued to catch football fans' eyes across Europe.
That's even prompted a Chelsea supporter to compile a video of Bakayoko's highlights this season, demonstrating the brilliant progress he's made recently.
Produced by YouTube user 'CFC Videos', the compilation is rather fittingly titled: "You won’t believe how good Bakayoko has become."
It sounds like a superlative but, compared to his performances last season, it really cuts a difference. Check out the video down below:
Talk about a change.
Bakayoko is really coming into his element with Milan, delivering the kind of displays that saw Chelsea compete with so many clubs to sign him.
He is proving himself to be a seriously competent asset in defensive midfield, as well as offering dynamism in the final third.
Nevertheless, it might not be enough to encourage a Chelsea return and Maurizio Sarri already has a number of in-form players across his midfield.
It will, however, allow Chelsea to bag themselves a reasonable transfer fee and could set up Bakayoko for future success in Europe.
And if he can deliver the kind of performances he has recently, don't be surprised if AC Milan take the decision to sign him on a permanent basis.
He certainly doesn't need the help that Gattuso was referring to, anymore.
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