When Diego Costa received his fifth yellow card of the season against Palace, most Chelsea faithful were sad and disappointed at the thought that he’d be missing the game against Bournemouth, but even amid the disappointment, some would have taken consolation in the possibility of Michy Batshuayi getting a rare start in the absence of the suspended Spain International.
Since his signing over the summer transfer window, the Belgian is yet to get a start in the league, and that wasn’t entirely unexpected, seeing as we have Diego Costa, a player who is pivotal to our team — and currently enjoying the season of his career. As a result of Costa’s red-hot form, Batshuayi has been limited to substitute and league cup appearances, but one would have thought that upon the unavailability of our main striker, he’d be immediately handed a start, instead, the manager opted for his Belgian counterpart, Hazard in the game against Bournemouth. Hazard did justify his manager’s decision and faith as he grabbed the ‘Man of the match’ award, as well as a goal. However, this recent development only raises more questions over the situation of Michy Batshuayi at Chelsea.
The man was arguably Marseille’s best player last season— the reason I’m sure Chelsea bought him. At the Euros in mid 2016, he was equally impressive for his country Belgium, and in the few number of games he featured for us earlier this season, he was very impressive, so what seems to be the problem now? Is it that he’s not getting it right in training anymore or he’s got a personal issue with Conte?
It’s understandable when he doesn’t play because Costa is fit and available, but it certainly raises eyebrows when the opposite is the case, and he still doesn’t play.
I feel concerned because I like the man, and I think he’s a talent Chelsea shouldn’t lose. Besides, he was acquired for a hefty sum over the summer. Whatever the issue is, I honestly hope it’s resolved soon, because I’d love to see the Batman back on the field and scoring again.