Michy Batshuayi is beginning to carve out a niche for himself as a super sub as he has scored some important goals in his short career as a Chelsea player whilst coming on from the bench.
Chelsea’s number one striker Alvaro Morata was forced off early on in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City before the international break. The Spaniard suffered a hamstring injury just 34 minutes into the game and Conte decided to replace the striker with winger Willian, despite having another striker in Michy Batshuayi waiting on the bench.
And Chelsea legend Graeme Le Saux reckons Conte overlooked Batshuayi in case he needed a super sub later on in the game.
The Betfair ambassador said: “When Morata was subbed, I wrote Michy Batshuayi’s name on my team-sheet as the replacement.
“So I was as shocked as anyone else to see Willian come on in his place.
“All I can think is that Batshuayi doesn’t quite have the big game experience under his belt yet that Willian does.
“In addition, the Brazilian probably offers more from set-pieces and in one on one situations.
“But his natural propensity to sit deeper than Morata does invite City pressure on and again goes to show how important the Spaniard is to Antonio Conte.
“Also, the substitution was fairly early in the first-half.
“So perhaps the manager had it in his mind that he could still utilise his ‘super sub’ if needed later in the game.”