Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has made 14 Premier League appearances this season but none of them have been from the start. In a Blues season dominated by Diego Costa, there’s been little scope for a position up top in Conte’s XI so far.
Making 14 appearances without scoring a goal made sound like he’s flopped at Stamford Bridge but it isn’t the case when you consider he’s only played a combined total of 93 minutes in the Premier League.
He still has a bright future at the club and that was never more evident than at home to Brentford on Saturday.
Conte’s team booked their place in the 5th Round of the FA Cup with a comprehensive 4-0 demolition of the Championship at Stamford Bridge, avoiding the kind of upset that happened at Anfield or came close to happening at White Hart Lane.
Batshuayi was key to that, scoring a goal and setting up another in a man of the match performance. Yes, it was against lower league opposition but it’s a definite sign he is intent on forcing his way into Conte’s plans. He can only take the chances that he’s given.
These stats from Squawka show he’s doing exactly that.
Michy Batshuayi in domestic cup competition for Chelsea this season:
Taking his chance to impress. pic.twitter.com/wrIYGf3i3i
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 28, 2017
The young Belgian is doing the job required of him when asked and if he continues to bang in the goals, we’re sure that Premier League start isn’t far away. It’s impressive determination from the striker and Chelsea fans must be delighted he still has a hunger to play for the club despite not getting as much first team football as he’d like.