AC MILAN boss Gennaro Gattuso has blasted Chelsea loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko after his debut in Saturday’s defeat to Napoli.
The French midfielder is looking to rebuild his career in Italy following a disastrous season at Stamford Bridge after moving to West London from Monaco.
Gattuso said that he prefers to work with “experienced” players after watching his side throw away a two-goal lead.
Milan led 2-0 after 50 minutes at the Stadio San Paolo, only for a double from Piotr Zielinski and a late Dries Mertens strike to give the home side an opening day win.
Bakayoko, who joined on loan earlier this month with an option of making the switch permanent next summer did not get off to the best start.
The 24-year-old brought on moments after the first Napoli goal by Gattuso to help shut up shop, but the change did not have the desired effect.
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Afterwards, Gattuso voiced his frustrations with Bakayoko, who also missed a good chance to restore the Milan lead at 2-2.
He moaned: “Bakayoko has to learn how to get the ball.
“We must work correctly. It will not be easy.
“One week is not enough to remove the defects of a player.
“I would have preferred to be managing older, more experienced club players.”
The Milan boss had certainly changed his tune from his pre-match comments about his new recruit.
He said: “Bakayoko likes to play in a two-man midfield, I was surprised because we thought he was slower.
“I have to say that I was also impressed by his dynamism.
“He is technically gifted so he won’t just improve our physical game.”
Milan will look to get back to winning ways at the San Siro on Friday against Roma.