Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has urged Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi to leave Stamford Bridge in January because Antonio Conte doesn’t think he is good enough to lead the line for Chelsea.
Batshuayi made just his second league start of the season on Saturday and with no other striking options on the bench, Conte decided to haul Batshuayi off for Pedro in the 57th minute with Chelsea losing the game 2-1.
“When you are at a club and they are tring to sign a 32-year-old, 6ft 4in striker [Fernando Llorente] who would make you the third-choice No.9, then it’s clear the manager doesn’t rate you,” Cascarino wrote in The Times.
“That’s the situation Batshuayi has found himself in at Chelsea. And even though Antonio Conte didn’t sign Fernando Llorente, he’s still trying to not play Batshuayi.
“Against Manchester City last month, Conte replaced the injure Alvaro Morata with Willian after 35 minutes, then when they were chasing a goal against Crystal Palace he subbed Batshuayi on 57 minutes.
“How many arrows can be fired into his back? Conte clearly doesn’t rate him and that rubs off on the fans, who think he’s not good enough.
“It’s clear that his future lies elsewhere and I think he will leave the club in January.”