Scoring has not been a challenge for Chelsea this season. Our two main strikers have been in fine form thus far. Alvaro Morata has lived up to billing, contrary to what many expected; after all, not player makes instant impact once they switch to England from another league. He has managed 3 goals and two assists in 5 games, and looks on course to hit double figures before the season closes.
Michy Batshuayi on the other hand, has been impressive too. He has carried on his preseason form into the ongoing season, and probably would have been an immediate contender for the starting role if he hadn’t committed the big blunder at Tottenham. That aside, the Belgian has been very good, and in my opinion deserves a starting shot considering he’s managed more goals than Morata.
I am a big fan of the Spaniard, but I believe that football is result oriented. It’s always about who delivers more at the end of the day. Morata has been good, but Bats has been better with the goals.
It will be hard to change the status quo, since Conte seems to have a strong liking for Morata, unless the goals cease to come for far too long. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen anyway, since he’s our asset. His price tag may be another factor playing in his favour. He was acquired for near £70million; no club owner wants to see their money on the bench – the case of Fernando Torres is a testimony to this truth. He was too poor on many occasions, but Roman Abrahmovich wasn’t about to watch his £50million man sit games out.
And of course, Morata is far from poor, but stats prove he should be behind Batshuayi in the pecking order. The Belgian has bid his time, been patient, and has worked really hard to improve on his performance from the last of the previous campaign, so he deserves a show of faith and compensation from Conte. He deserves a starting position as things stand, but even if he doesn’t get it now, I know he’ll keep going until that changes. He’s young and has demonstrated he can deliver. I think it’s time we showed some fairness too.
Do you think Batshuayi deserve a starting role in the Premier League?