It has been a tough year for Michy Batshuayi, and the Chelsea fans in Transfer Tavern have been growing increasingly frustrated with the Belgian. Prior to the start of the season, he had done very little of note for the Blues, with Diego Costa stealing the limelight during a successful campaign for the club. When the Belgian did feature, he looked poor, and he found his game time very limited as a result. In truth, by the end of last season, there was an expectation that he would be sold – with most of the fans in the Transfer Tavern ready for him to move on. His future looked very bleak indeed.
A sale didn’t happen, though, and the Belgian has repaid Antonio Conte’s faith was a number of good performances this season. His latest display, against Everton on Wednesday, was another decent showing for the forward, and though he didn’t score, Antonio Conte was clearly impressed. Indeed, it seems as though he has finally earnt his manager’s trust.
According to the Evening Standard, Conte is ready to start using him more often, with the Italian having said: “Last season was difficult for him but it was also difficult for me. Now he’s ready to start and come out and during the game and have a good impact”.
They’re clearly some positive words for Batshuayi, and he certainly deserves the praise. He has scored some important goals this year, notably against Atletico Madrid and Watford, and against Everton he showed the quality that he has as a link up player.
If he keeps performing like that, he’ll definitely have a future at Stamford Bridge. He has played since moving to Chelsea, of course, but he has only ever been an option that Conte would go for if he had no other choice. Now, though, he could be involved regularly no matter what – at least judging from his manager’s quotes.
There has clearly been some progress for Batshuayi at Chelsea. Whenever Morata doesn’t play, Batshuayi steps in – and that’s an upgrade from his role last term.
He has really improved in front of goal this season, and so if he can improve his control, link-up play and passing then he will be onto a winner at Stamford Bridge. Things are definitely changing for the Belgian.
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