Michy Batshuayi is prepared to fight for his place in the Chelsea team this season, according to a report by Het Laatste Nieuws.
They claim the Belgium international had been attracting interest from AS Roma recently, however he is keen to make an impact at Stamford Bridge for the time being.
It is stated that the Blues have no interest in letting the 25-year-old go, whilst the forward also believes he has a chance to break into Frank Lampard’s team if he works hard and impresses in training sessions.
Chelsea have only played two competitive matches so far (against Manchester United and Liverpool in the Super Cup), however Lampard has used two different strikers to lead the line.
Tammy Abraham got the nod for the opening Premier League game in which he hit the post early on, but his performance appeared to irk pundit Jordan Jarrett Bryan. The TalkSPORT slammed the 21-year-old and was said: “I thought he was horrible. I thought his hold-up play was shocking. There was no pace from him, I don’t think he’s a great finisher, he lost the ball several times.”
It might be a new manager, however Olivier Giroud’s role still appears to be the same as he continued to lead the line in European competition and managed to get another goal – having finished last season’s Europa League campaign as the tournament’s top goalscorer (BBC).
Batshuayi had the opportunity to play Premier League football last season whilst on loan at Crystal Palace and performed rather well in the matches he played for the Eagles. He managed to net six goals in his 13 appearances across all competitions, with five of those in England’s top-flight (Transfermarkt).
Something that may go in his favour and boost his chances of playing for Chelsea this season is his relationship with Christian Pulisic. The duo played together during their time at Borussia Dortmund and the pair appeared to combine regularly as there seemed to be some chemistry between them.
Three of the 20-year-old’s seven assists were to the Belgian, making the American the biggest supplier for Batshuayi’s nine goals in all competitions at Dortmund.
Considering the transfer ban that hangs over Chelsea’s head, it is hardly a surprise that the Blues have no interest in letting Batshuayi go, whilst it might also be the best time to try and get his career at Stamford Bridge into full gear.
The partnership between him and Pulisic would appear to be something to look forward too, whilst Lampard may be keen to give him a go in the coming matches and see what he can offer his side in front of goal.
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