The Chelsea fans are feeling apprehensive in the Transfer Tavern ahead of a crucial few weeks for the club.
The Blues may have been knocked out of the Champions League, but they still have plenty to play for in domestic competitions. In the Premier League, they are currently sitting outside the top-four in 5th place, which simply isn’t good enough for a side who won the league title only last season. Meanwhile, the club are still vying for silverware in the FA Cup, but Conte’s priority will certainly be Chelsea’s bid to finish inside the top-four.
Whether Conte will remain at the club beyond the end of the season has been a popular topic of discussion for the resident Pensioners lining up our bar in the Tavern, and a consensus is yet to be reached. Although collecting silverware is always a brilliant moment of tangible success for any club, victory in the FA Cup may not prove to be enough to keep Conte at the club if he fails to qualify for the Champions League.
His departure would undoubtedly be frustrating for the supporters who are crying out for some consistency at their erratic club, but the change in leadership could actually be a watershed moment for Michy Batshuayi (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt) who became something of an outcast at Stamford Bridge prior to his transfer to Borussia Dortmund. Since moving to the Bundesliga giants, Batshuayi has scored 8 goals and provided 1 assist from his 11 appearances in all-competitions, which goes to prove he has the potential to thrive at a top club under the right circumstances.
At Chelsea, Batshuayi was frozen out by Conte and left on the bench on multiple occasions even when he had no other strikers at his disposal. The centre-forward position relies on confidence more than any other, so it’s no wonder he struggled to prove himself when he was handed a rare opportunity to impress by the Italian manager.
Although he would still face competition from Morata for a starting berth, Conte’s departure should allow Batshuayi to play with greater freedom and confidence than he has been able to adopt under the current Chelsea manager, so the supporters should expect him to make an unlikely comeback in West London next season if Conte eventually leaves the club.
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