“He scores when he likes” is a popular chant among supporters of English clubs, and notably among Chelsea fans during Fernando Torres topsy-turvy period at the club. Just like Torres, the fans have had to be patient with Belgian striker, Michy Batshuayi.
The former Marseille striker has had bitter-sweet moments at Chelsea. For a greater part of his Chelsea career, he has been the player you’d love to hate owing to his ineffective shifts in games. To mention a few: the own goal scored against Chelsea’s bitter rival, Spurs which gifted them the equalizer, but he was spared the blushes thanks to Alonso’s winner and also his anonymous outing against Burnley and Crystal Palace.
But in a broader view, the striker is a better player as a super sub. In games, he has come on as a substitute, he has performed relatively better than expected. His winner against West Brom clinched the title last season, and so it did against Atletico Madrid.
Last season, his equaliser against Watford set the tone for Chelsea’s 2-1 win over the Hornets at Vicarage Road and guess what?….he scored a brace today against the same opponents at Stamford bridge to equalise and seal Chelsea’s 4-2 win over the Hornets. His celebration after scoring two goals today says much: ‘call me when there is a problem’. His revised role might just be the tactical wiring that would spark his Chelsea career into life.
Most players thrive as being their teams driving force, but for Batshuayi, being Chelsea’s super sub and silent assassin might just the way for him to write his name in the club’s history book. Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!