FORMER CHELSEA COACH SAYS HE STILL DOESN’T TRUST BATSHUAYI

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Michy Batshuayi has been in good form this season and has already found the back of the net five times already this term.

However, despite his good form, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte opted not to introduce him for the injured Alvaro Morata against Manchester City last weekend.

Former Chelsea player and assistant manager Ray Wilkins has revealed Conte’s tactical reasons for not introducing Batshuayi and says he still does not expect Batshuayi to be starting many games in the coming weeks because he has not shown enough since joining Chelsea in the summer of 2016.

“I don’t think it was as much a snub to Batshuayi,” Wilkins said on Sky Sports.

“I think the way City were playing, they used Fabian Delph as a left full-back but he got himself so high, and when he got himself so high, he was coming inside as well to give Manchester City a numerical advantage in the middle of the pitch as well.

“I think Conte looked at it and thought ‘hang on a second, we’ve got to try to counter this because they’re running rings around us’ and they were.

“So he bought on Willian instead of him.

“I still don’t see Batshuayi getting too many starts, I’ve got to say.

“He hasn’t shown enough for me that he’s a Chelsea centre-forward.”

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