AS Roma are interested in Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi according to Sky Sports Italia. Whilst he is yet to cement a place in the Chelsea starting line-up and does not look to be a concrete part of Frank Lampard’s plans at this point, the Blues should be looking to give him the opportunities he deserves.
With Edin Dzeko potentially on the way out of the door at the Stadio Olimpico, Mauro Icardi has been linked with a move to the Giallorossi as part of a swap deal for the former Manchester City striker. However, the name of Batshuayi has now been thrown into the equation as an alternative.
The Belgium international’s future looks up in the air at Stamford Bridge at the moment after he was left out of Lampard’s squad for the opening match of the season. However, the Chelsea hierarchy should be wary of letting him leave and instead look to give Batshuayi a proper chance in west London.
The Blues should be looking to really test the 25-year-old this season. As it currently stands, the main striker position does not look decided by any stretch of the imagination.
Tammy Abraham has made just one start for the Blues, which was against Manchester United, and he did not have the best time, whilst Olivier Giroud may have plenty of experience, but at 32 years of age he’s very much a stop-gap solution.
That leaves Batshuayi as the only other option but so far, the former Marseille man has never really been give a chance at Stamford Bridge.
It may not feel like it, but he actually has a decent record for the Premier League outfit, having scored 19 goals 53 appearances for the club – only 18 of those being starts. He’s also had strong spells whilst out on loan – he scored six in 13 at Crystal Palace and nine in as many matches for Borussia Dortmund.
And yet, the former Marseille man has never started two consecutive Premier League games for Chelsea, instead having to make do with substitute appearances and outings in the cup competitions.
Considering this is likely to be a difficult season for Chelsea and indeed one of experimentation with so many unknown quantities in the squad, surely Batshuayi deserves the same opportunities Lampard is already affording the likes of Abraham and Mason Mount, who also started at Old Trafford last weekend.
It may be tempting to cash in considering Batshuayi seems to be on the fringes of the squad, but Chelsea should be looking to give Batshuayi a consistent run in the side and really see what he’s made of.