Former Chelsea striker and pundit Chris Sutton has told Goal that Michy Batshuayi is good enough to replace Diego Costa this summer if the Spaniard quits the Premier League champions, but he is not sure whether he will be given the opportunity to do so by manager Antonio Conte.
Despite scoring 20 top flight goals to help the Blues regain the title they lost to Leicester City last season, the 28-year-old has consistently been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League and it could finally happen this summer.
Batshuayi would have had high hopes that he would be a key first team player having made a £33m move to Stamford Bridge from Marseille last summer, but the 23-year-old has often played second fiddle to Costa with 20 of his appearances coming from the substitutes’ bench.
The Belgium international played just 235 minutes of Premier League football in total all season, but four goals in the last three games of the season showed the potential he has when he is given an opportunity.
With Conte already being linked with the likes of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, Sutton believes he might not get that chance.
Speaking to Goal, the 44-year-old said: “I’ve been impressed with Batshuayi when he’s come on but do I think Conte has total faith in him? I’m not so sure.
“I think they’ll be looking to buy a top class striker and they’re now in a position as Champions where it’s an attractive club to go to.
“I think Costa’s departure would be a big loss for Chelsea. I just wonder if Conte can talk him around.”
Chelsea have the chance to complete a domestic double when they face Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, with Costa once again sure to get the nod ahead of Batshuayi in Antonio Conte’s starting line-up.