Michy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi Proving He Deserves More Playing Time At Chelsea

There’s something about Michy Batshuayi that endears him to everyone. He doesn’t seem too worked up about playing second fiddle to anyone – cool, calm and ever so friendly, Michy doesn’t sulk when he’s made to sit out games; he just waits for his chance and boy, he takes them.

If there’s any player who should cut a frustrated figure at Chelsea, it’s Michy Batshuayi. Lured away from Marseille, where he was already a fans favourite, at the Stade Velodrome. His 23 goals and 10 assists in his final season for Les Olympians showed how much he could produce being the central figure in attack. However, upon arrival at Chelsea, he automatically assumed the role of backup for Diego Costa.


Regardless of the limited playing time he got, the 23-year-old still managed to score nine times for the Blues, one of which included the Premier League clincher away at West Brom in May this year. This season, with Diego Costa, now departed, Chelsea replaced him with another Spaniard, Alvaro Morata. Hence, for the second season running, Batshuayi would continue to play second fiddle.

Despite making one Premier League start and 19 cameos last term, Batshuayi has won over the Chelsea faithful, especially on Social Media (Twitter). Being a little more than an afterthought for your manager can dampen the spirit of even the best professionals, but not Michy Batshuayi. The young Belgian remains a lively figure in the Chelsea dressing room and most importantly, takes his chances on the pitch.

Chelsea’s ultimate rescue man

It’s a little wonder why only Puskas winner, Olivier Giroud (7) has scored more goal off the bench than Batshuayi (6) in the Premier League. Batshuayi, on most occasions, is brought in when the job has been done, or Chelsea needs a hero.

Last season, he grabbed headlines when he scored Chelsea’s lone goal at the Hawthorns having been on the pitch for less than five minutes. The Batsman also came off the bench to score a 94th-minute winner against Atletico in Madrid, with both teams heading for a 1-1 stalemate.

Michy Batshuayi

At the weekend, as Chelsea struggled to contain a Watford side heading for a famous 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge, It was Batshuayi again to the rescue. Having been on for less than 10 minutes (after replacing a frustrated Alvaro Morata) the former Standard Liege striker turned the tie for Chelsea by grabbing a sensational brace.

He’s only made nine appearances from all competitions this season and has grabbed seven goals. The Batsman is at par in goals with Chelsea’s record signing, Morata this far, in defiance of his bit-part role in Antonio Conte’s team.

Boasting one of the best minute-per-goal ratios in the Premier League, it’s time for Antonio Conte to Consider giving more chances to Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian doesn’t fluff his lines and is increasingly proving deadly.

A formation change is hereby called for; a 3-5-2 system that sees a partnership between Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi up front. Like last season when a formation change saw Chelsea become unstoppable, this could be it for Chelsea – the formation that sees them retain the title. Give Michy a chance. He’ll take it.

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