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Chelsea have been linked with a number of strikers this January transfer window, as Antonio Conte seeks a backup striker to Alvaro Morata.

Michy Batshuayi has a good minute per goal ratio, and Chelsea legend Pat Nevin thinks the Belgian is being underrated.

“Looking at Batshuayi’s goal scoring record alone it is hard to figure out why he hasn’t been generally lauded more,” he wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website.

“Clubs who use stats and Moneyball to figure out who they should buy must look at Michy and think wow!

“Only two strikers in the Premier League have a better goals-to-minutes-played ratio than him this season in all competitions, Sergio Aguero, who has scored a goal every 95 minutes, and there is of course Harry Kane. Michy is currently on a goal every 100 minutes this season and these are the only three players at or under that number in the top flight of English football.

“Even Mo Salah at Liverpool in the midst of his incredible season is not quite at that level, though he has scored a lot more goals and does add a few assists! It is not to dismiss the brilliance of players like Salah but the stats are weird here. Michy has scored more goals than Sadio Mane, Dele Alli, Riyad Mahrez and is level with Marcus Rashford. These players are highly regarded in the game. He has also scored more goals this season than any single player has for Arsenal. He hasn’t scored that many in the Premier League, but then it is quite hard to score when you aren’t actually on the field.

“Coutinho, Lingard, Martial, Vardy and Sane are all a goal or two ahead of Michy but each has had at least 40 per cent more game time than he has. So a goal or two behind these luminaries is not bad in the circumstances.”

He then added: Whatever happens with Michy in the short- or long-term, one thing is absolutely certain, he will score goals if he is given opportunities by his team-mates. Everyone at the club was delighted for him after the Newcastle game.”

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