A goal at Euro 2016 for Belgium and a scintillating season at Marseille were the convictions Chelsea’s technical director, Michael Emenalo and maybe Antonio Conte needed to make a £33m move for Belgian prodigy, Michy Batshuayi. The Batsman had been dubbed ‘the new Didier Drogba’ after glimpses of his budding talents.
Despite having Diego Costa back then on their books, Chelsea also expected the young striker to challenge him for the starting striker role. We really can’t say he failed in this regard. First, adaptability to Conte’s style and idea of football was essential. Though he started brightly, but failed to raise hopes after subdued displays in which he tried often to impress than actually play. He equally found opportunities hard to come by owing to Costa’s form, but it was more of a perceived lack of trust by his manager that had stalled his progress.
At the summer, good showings in preseason suggested the striker was ready to fight for his place. Now with Morata injured, Conte has to put his faith in him. The Belgian is a solid match performer. Two crucial goals in his Chelsea career so far are memorable. First, the title winning goal at West Brom last season and the winner against Atletico Madrid in the Champions league recently are clear proofs that the Batsman is a good player.
Though he might not be the player Conte wants, Batshuayi could prove himself to be one of Chelsea’s star performers this season if Conte can trust him. The trust might just be what the player needs to boost his confidence to star for the Italian manager and the club.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!