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BBC pundit bizarrely takes fresh swipe at Chelsea star, takes credit for key change

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has been making more headlines with his comments on the appearance of players this season than with his football analysis it seems.

Not only has he been critical of Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba this season with his change of hairstyles and looks, as his issue has been that he just wants players to focus on their game, Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has also come into the firing line.

It seems such a strange and childish thing to discuss, but perhaps some will agree with Crooks and could live without the gimmicks around what really matters, which is the football being played.

Nevertheless, if the players are producing for their respective teams or not, it’s hardly going to be influenced by what’s on their head, and so it comes back to Crooks just nit-picking and looking for reasons to moan.

Evidently he felt as though a connection could be drawn between Bakayoko taking the blue dye out of his hair and his improved display at the weekend, but others will just argue that it was nothing more than a coincidence for a player who has struggled for consistency since a summer move from abroad.

“I’m also delighted the Spain international took my advice some weeks ago and told Tiemoue Bakayoko to get rid of that ridiculous blue rinse in his hair, and get down to working hard in training to produce the form that got him a move to the Bridge in the first place,” he wrote in his BBC Sport column.

“The Frenchman can play but must realise that distractions like fancy hairstyles don’t help when you want to be taken seriously.”

As noted by The Mirror last month, it’s not the first time that Crooks has had a dig at Bakayoko, and it probably won’t be the last, depending on whether or the Frenchman opts to make a change to his hair moving forward. Relax Garth, it’s just a hairstyle…

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