Tiemoue Bakayoko remains confident he can silence his doubters despite making a difficult start to life at AC Milan.
The France international joined the Italian outfit in the summer on a season-long loan deal after Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri deemed him surplus to requirements, but is yet to make any kind of impact in 12 appearances this season.
Bakayoko only moved to Stamford Bridge in 2017 but ended up being shipped out after failing to live up to his £40million price tag in his first season on English shores.
A change of location hasn’t done him any favours either with the midfielder still far from his best form – and any hopes of convincing Milan to make the switch permanent are looking increasingly doubtful at the moment.
Despite his plight over the last 18 months – which has been compounded by the Milan fans turning on him in recent weeks – Bakayoko retains full confidence in his ability to change his fortunes.
‘I don’t like being whistled, but I understand it. I hope they applaud me soon,’ he told Sky Sport Italia.
‘I have done good things but I am only at the beginning. I hope to be decisive and to help Milan re-enter the top four in Serie A.
‘Franck Kessie? He has helped me adjust a lot, above all with the language. I hope to speak Italian soon.’
Milan have recently adopted a 4-3-3 formation, which has done little to aid Bakayoko’s cause, but the 24-year-old insists he is prepared to alter his game to meet the demands of manager Gennaro Gattuso.
He added: ‘The 4-4-2 is the formation I prefer, but even in a 4-3-3 I found myself playing well in the last game.
‘My position has changed, but I believe that I have done well. I have been able to help the team more.
‘I am upset about the result against Juventus, but this is football. I am happy with how I played.’
Bakayoko also believes he is now fully integrated into the Milan squad and can now begin to reap the benefits.
He told MilanTV: ‘I’m not a better player than I was a month ago, I’m the same player you all saw at the beginning.
‘Maybe I feel better within the team, I am able to store all the necessary information concerning tactical, technical aspects and positioning on the pitch.
‘I feel more confident compared to a few weeks ago. I needed to play for this to happen and now I am finally making progress.’