The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern have been toasting to the performance of Michy Batshuayi over the last couple of days. Despite struggling since moving to Stamford Bridge, the Belgian was the hero for Chelsea against Watford over the weekend, bagging two goals and, subsequently, helping secure three points for the club. The performance has got a lot of Chelsea fans excited, and in truth, the Belgian is quickly emerging as a player that could be the key to any potential title challenge that the Blues have this season.
Undoubtedly, Batshuayi is a frustrating player. He often struggles to hold the ball up, he often loses control, and he is often extremely poor. But what he does do is score goals, and that, at its core, is his job. Indeed, his goalscoring record is actually pretty phenomenal, having bagged 7 goals in just 4 starts so far this term.
Alvaro Morata was always going to be Chelsea’s first choice, but as displayed by his recent injury and his poor display against Watford, second-choice forwards are every bit as important. Morata is a top player, but he couldn’t break down Watford’s defence. Step forward Batshuayi, who through his differing play style and quality, was able to bypass the back-line with relative ease. He may not be objectively as strong as Morata, but he is every bit as effective in certain scenarios.
He also doesn’t just have a knack for scoring goals, he has a knack for scoring very important goals. Look back to last season, where his goal won Chelsea the title, or against Atletico Madrid a few weeks ago where he scored a last-minute winner, or even against Watford where he was the matchwinner. He may be frustrating to watch, but when Chelsea are under pressure and need a goal, he is quickly proving himself to be the best option.
Batshuayi has already won Chelsea points both in Europe and in the Premier League this season, and as the season progresses, there is no telling just how important this could be. By the end of the season, even if he only does it another two times domestically, those 9 points could be the difference between 1st place and 4th place.
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