The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern have been disappointed by the performances of Alvaro Morata this season on his debut season in English football.
After an extremely promising opening to life in the Premier League, Morata struggled to achieve any consistency for Chelsea during a thoroughly disappointing campaign for the club. The end of the season has sparked plenty of rumours regarding his future at the club as he has previously suggested that he would eventually like to return to Italy.
If the Spanish international does indeed leave Stamford Bridge after just one season, Antonio Conte or Chelsea’s next manager will need to replace him this summer. However, the club may not need to scout the market for another new striker, as Michy Batshuayi’s progress since leaving the club for Borussia Dortmund suggests he can become a success in the Premier League.
With Conte at the helm, Bathshuayi’s confidence was destroyed this season as the Italian consistently overlooked him for selection – even when no other striker was fit to lead the line for the club. The centre-forward position is arguably the most confidence based position in football, so it’s no wonder he struggled to impress when he was handed a rare opportunity to shine.
At Borussia Dortmund, Batshuayi was made the club’s first-choice striker due to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure, and the consequence of making him the main man is clear to see by taking a look at his record in Germany. The Belgian international notched an impressive 7 goals from 10 Bundesliga outings and a further 2 goals from 4 appearances in the Europa League before an ankle injury ended his season.
Batshuayi finished the season with 21 goals from 40 appearances in all-competitions – a fantastic record considering plenty of his appearances at Chelsea were made as a substitute. With that in mind, Chelsea should consider giving Batshuayi a chance to make the centre-forward position his own next season if Morata eventually leaves the club, as his form in Germany suggests he possesses the clinical instinct that is required to become a top striker in the Premier League.
Naturally, the supporters will hope that a new manager can bring the best form out of both Batshuayi and Morata, but if the latter decides that he wants to leave Chelsea, Batshuayi should remain in West London and silence his doubters next season.
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