Chelsea fans have been left unimpressed with Frank Lampard’s decision to bring on Michy Batshuayi for the injured Tammy Abraham in the exhilarating 2-2 Champions League draw against Valencia on Wednesday.
The Blues’ leading goalscorer sustained a hip injury towards the end of the first half and had to be withdrawn from the game, forcing Lampard to make a substitution.
Tammy took a knock at the end of the first half and has been replaced by Michy at the break.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 27, 2019
He opted for Batshuayi, but the 26-year-old was unable to deliver the sort of impact his manager would have hoped for after his goalscoring heroics against Ajax back in October.
Indeed, it was a poor showing from Batshuayi, who could not add to Mateo Kovacic’s first goal for the club and Christian Pulisic’s controversial tap-in.
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During his time on the pitch, he was dispossessed on three occasions and caught offside once (via WhoScored), summing up a very underwhelming performance.
In the end, Lampard’s decision to bring Batshuayi on proved to be an unpopular one, with many fans questioning why Olivier Giroud was not brought on instead.
Should have brought on Giroud than Batshuayi.
— Arif _ Irfan (@Erfan94_) November 27, 2019
Lampard made a very wrong call bringing on Batshuayi.
That match deserved Giroud’s presence, superior hold up play, and experience.
Finally, the referees were ridiculously out of their depth. Especially the center referee.
— Banzai (@ProConchie) November 27, 2019
— Okandeji Amope Eja Loni'bu (@AtoyebiBamidel2) November 28, 2019
Will never understand Frank’s idea on this . Worst thing is, besides looking clueless tactically, Batshuayi always seems to want to score even from impossible phases of play . Not a team player at all.
— azog defiler (@_azogdefiler) November 27, 2019
Dont expect to be in top 4 if lampard ever think batshuayi is better than giroud. If tammy got injured. Dont comeback crawling to giroud begging him later. And i bet he will leave in January
— Bowther (@famhasyaf) November 27, 2019
I swear if Lampard uses batshuayi again he should be fired with immediate effect.
— _Basit_ (@san_bhicube) November 27, 2019
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