When Michy Batshuayi signed for Chelsea from Marseille during the summer, everyone expected he’d be a useful player in the squad, and his season started pretty well for Chelsea. He got a vital assist after coming on as a substitute against West Ham, while he also scored an important goal for Chelsea in the next league game as Chelsea came from behind to win Watford 2-1. He then scored a brace in the League Cup, and since then he has found game time hard to find, especially since the switch to a 3-4-3 system.
In Antonio Conte’s defence, there has been little need for Batshuayi to play, as Costa has been on fire, and there has been no need for an extra striker in the 3-4-3 system. Costa has been pivotal in Chelsea’s rejuvenation this season, and his return of 13 league goals in just 17 games is phenomenal.
However, the Spanish international picked up his 5th yellow card of the season against Crystal Palace, and he’d miss the next game against Bournemouth. For the first time this season, Chelsea will be without Costa, and Conte will contemplate either playing Eden Hazard as a false nine, playing Pedro upfront, or letting Michy Batshuayi lead the line.
Many people do not believe Batshuayi has the capability to lead the attack, and some have voiced that they’ll prefer Pedro upfront to the young Belgian. While Pedro might be an experienced player who can also play as a centre-forward, you wouldn’t be wrong to say that Batshuayi has shone in the few games he has played.
The game against Bournemouth should be a chance for Batshuayi to show what he really has, and if he isn’t given this opportunity, it might dent his confidence. Batshuayi is our second striker, and if we want to know how good he is, then now is the time.