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The sound bites from Saturday’s loss at Crystal Palace is still buzzing around Stamford Bridge. One player who notably underperformed against the Eagles is Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian has had a rollercoaster Chelsea career so far and it seems supporters are beginning to lose faith in him. Reports of a winter exit out of the club have made the headlines, but as long as he remains a Chelsea player he certainly has a role to play in the team. But the question is: Should he be given another chance?

Not a bridge faraway are news emanating from sources that Alvaro Morata is back from injury and training with the team at Cobham, the club’s training facility. The Spanish striker has been a livewire for Conte’s Chelsea. Should he be slotted straight back into match action?


Here are the pros and cons of starting either player:


The Batsman has been a villain as well as a hero at Chelsea. The scorer of Chelsea’s title-winning goal last season and in the win over Atletico made him a hero, but the own goal against Spurs and other poor displays makes him a villain. With him being fitter than Morata, it might just be best for Conte to start him over Morata. More so, the Belgian’s inconsistency could be down to his lack of regular game time which has affected his game and his chemistry with his teammates. His inclusion as a starter against Roma will boost his cause.

On the other hand, Morata’s great start for Chelsea has been a shining light for the team. With the team needing a lift and the Spaniard more suited and well-adjusted to Chelsea style than Batshuayi, it will be a good decision to start him over the Belgian against Roma.



The Belgian started the season promisingly well, but has been anonymous in games where the pressure to perform and expectations are high. His lack of purpose on the ball, telling contribution in games both in terms of goals and assists see him back to his bench-warmer role.

More so, starting Morata might seem a sensible decision especially with Chelsea needing a boast, but it might just be too early for him to avoid aggravating his injury. The last thing Chelsea and Conte need is a long-term injury to the in-form striker.

You can share your thoughts in the comments and make your pick over which striker should start against Roma.


Let’s keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers!

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