From The Vault: Rovers Rocked By Bakayoko's Brace

Having sparked excited optimism amongst Evertonians with his arrival from Montpellier in October 1998, it’s fair to say striker Ibrahima Bakayoko failed to hit the heights at Goodison Park that many had hoped.

However, the Ivory Coast international, who finished his career with an impressive 30 goals in 45 outings for his country, did have one of his best outings for the Club this week in 1999.

Walter Smith’s Everton side made the short trip to Lancashire to face Brian Kidd’s Blackburn Rovers and got off to the worse possible start when Ashley Ward put the hosts ahead with just two minutes played.

Step forward Bakayoko. First, the striker headed in from close range to end a run of eight games without a goal with quarter of an hour played. Then, midway through the second half, he was at it again, racing on to a Don Hutchison through ball to grab what would prove the last of his seven goals for the Toffees to earn a precious away day win.

After making 28 appearances for Everton, Bakayoko returned to France in June 1999, signing on with Marseille. He would go on to appear for clubs including Osasuna in Spain and Italy's Livorno before returning to Goodison with Greek side Larissa during the Europa League campaign of 2007/08.

Bakayoko remained in Greece until 2013 but again headed back to France to end his career with a short-lived stint at Stade Bordelais.

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