Chelsea breezed through to the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, beating Newcastle United 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
A first half double from Michy Batshuayi and a second half effort from Marcos Alonso secured progression, with Antonio Conte’s side producing a much improved performance after mid-week defeat to Arsenal.
Batshuayi has received criticism for failing to make himself a regular starter under Conte but performances like Sunday’s will only help him continue to win over fans, who were delighted with his contribution against Newcastle.
Supporters are now pleading with the club not to let him leave this January, with speculation mounting over the last week that the Blues are seeking to replace his role as back-up to Alvaro Morata.
Rated at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, the Blues could likely get a decent fee for the Belgian forward, but with three goals and an assist in his last four appearances, is he finally turning a corner?
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Batshuayi has been poor in his first 18 months at Chelsea. Has been spluttering along.
Deserves so much credit for what he’s done this past fortnight or so, though. Scored three goals to change the conversation slightly.
Is he looking a viable Morata alternative now? #cfc
— Garry Hayes (@garryhayes) January 28, 2018
Michy Batshuayi should stay. He just needs a run of games. That's all. I wonder how the coach doesn't like him. He can improve. I don't see him play with Hazard enough. Willian and Pedro are both selfish and don't link up well. He just needs time. #CFC
— OluwaShudder (@Tom_Tom23BJ) January 28, 2018
I want Batshuayi to stay now after he's growing in confidence and should be given a chance against Bournemouth
— danyal khan (@dannyboyk2000) January 28, 2018
Michy Batshuayi should stay
— Maringa (@Maringa4) January 28, 2018
It might have just been an FA cup game against Newcastle but Batshuayi showed up. He deserves to stay whether or not Dzeko is coming. It's all Conte's decision now.
— ? (@HakunahMorata) January 28, 2018
This game really has changed my mind about batshuayi I think he needs to stay and show his true potential been great today
— Ronnie gaffney (@Ronniegaffney1) January 28, 2018
Batshuayi has to stay he scores goals ⚽️⚽️?
— RaddersCFC (@SpinsLikeEden) January 28, 2018
Hope we keep Batshuayi then get rid of him this summer cos right now's not the good time to sell him Chelsea need options desperately because we've got tough busy fixtures coming up very soon so yeah I pray we get Dzeko and Emerson then that for me would be a good January window.
— Pinzi Jay (@smlchels19) January 28, 2018