Lots of Chelsea fans were heavily critical of Michy Batshuayi’s first-half performance against Manchester United on Wednesday night, before the Belgian scored his side’s equalising goal in the Carabao Cup clash.
His prior start likewise came in the Carabao Cup when he struck a brace against Grimsby Town, and Batshuayi added his fifth of the season against the Red Devils following goals from the bench against Southampton and Ajax.
The 26-year-old’s effort on Wednesday night came with great strength, pace and power to drive from the halfway line to the edge of the box, where he unleashed a composed strike into the bottom corner to pull Chelsea level.
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Lampard’s side had fallen behind following a first-half penalty by Marcus Rashford after Marcos Alonso fouled Dan James, and would go on to lose when the England striker added his second with a thunderous free-kick.
Chelsea supporters had been heavily critical of Batshuayi’s performance before the Belgian scored his 24th goal for the West London side, though, with fans flocking to social media to vent their frustrations at his ‘painful’ display.
Batshuayi had attempted one shot before the break that was blocked and misplaced 54% of his 13 passes, only three of which were attempted in the final third, per WhoScored data.
Following the interval, he only managed to add eight more passes to his tally, plus two dribbles, one aerial duel and one other shot than his goal.
Here are some of the messages shared prior to his strike…
Regardless if he scores a goal or not today, Batshuayi has been woeful so far. Anyone who believes that we don’t need another striker in January or the summer are fooling themselves. The guy is a good impact sub, nothing more.
— Oliver (@OliCFC97) October 30, 2019
Batshuayi can never be a first choice striker , simply not good enough #CFC
— Exclusively Chelsea (@chelseaxclusive) October 30, 2019
Batshuayi is painful to watch
— CFC (@Lampardfc00) October 30, 2019
Michy Batshuayi is looking so so lost in this #CHEMUN game.
— Micky_CFC (@Micky_Chelsea) October 30, 2019
Batshuayi has been pretty average in buildups. Has either played a backpass or has lost possession
— Prakhar Maheshwari (@DrEliteCFC) October 30, 2019
When Batshuayi gets subbed on he scores or is at least involved in a goal but whenever he starts you never really notice him.
— Aaron (@CFCPainter) October 30, 2019
Batshuayi disappointing got pocketed by Maguire
— KBH_Althani (@CFC__99) October 30, 2019
Can people realise batshuayi is just straight up average? He is the most limited player I’ve ever seen
— N’Golo (@KanteCFC_) October 30, 2019
Batshuayi is just that striker that doesn’t care to cross the half way line to play
— CFC/AS.ROMA (@georgelamps) October 30, 2019
— Lee Thompson (@leetommo10) October 30, 2019