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Back in October, Michy Batshuayi was hailed as a hero in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Ajax in the Champions League group stage, and that result has proven to be a crucial one in Chelsea’s quest to qualify for the knockout stages.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has often been full of praises for Batshuayi’s hardwork in training as well as his positive attitude, but the Belgian has never been afforded the chance to start his first Premier League game of the season.
The Belgian has impressed from the bench in games but was disappointing coming on in Chelsea’s games against Manchester City and Valencia.
It was expected that the 26-year-old will start ahead of Olivier Giroud against West Ham following the injury to Tammy Abraham. But Lampard went for the more experienced Frenchman. The Chelsea boss also refused to bring on Batshuayi in the second half even as Chelsea were in search of a goal.
Lampard has recently admitted that he’s considering using Christian Pulisic in the striking role despite the presence of Batshuayi.
“We’ll see,” Lampard said of Pulisic. “He’s got an ability to run behind the line and to be sharp in central areas, which will naturally get him more goals but I’m not going to say right now that’s the solution. We’ll see going forward.”
Surely, Batshuayi will be disappointed that the gaffer is considering playing a winger in his position when he’s fit. But Batshuayi must now prove on the training ground that he deserves to be on the pitch and not the bench.