Age: 23 *
At Club Since: Summer 2018
Total Club League Appearances (Goals): 18(4) *
The perplexing thing about the signing of Amadou Bakayoko was not so much his prior track record, but the fact that we paid a fee for such a player to a divisional rival. Bakayoko’s first outings for the Sky Blues only served to further demonstrate why he was such an odd player to pay to sign – constantly offside, struggling to use his physicality to hold the ball up, lacking composure with his finishing. However, Bakayoko has become something of a cult hero in his early appearances at the club, partially a result of the negativity surrounding him setting such a low bar that he could only exceed expectations with anything positive he did, although largely because of his two late goals at Charlton providing one of the moments of the opening months of the campaign.
His exploits at the Valley provide Bakayoko with a bit of breathing space with the fans as he finds his feet at the club. While his height, power and pace potentially makes him a very dangerous player, there are countless examples of strikers with similar attributes who flatter to deceive. Although Bakayoko has mainly been limited to late cameo appearances, his biggest weakness appears to be a lack of game intelligence. Thus, Mark Robins will have demonstrate his coaching ability and tactical acumen to get the best out of Amadou Bakayoko’s raw talent. With Jonson Clarke-Harris currently fulfilling the ‘big man up top’ role in the side, there isn’t huge pressure at the moment on Bakayoko to be an instant hit.
*As of 16/02/2019