Michy Batshuayi was the hero for Chelsea on Saturday as they came from behind at Stamford Bridge to beat Watford in the English Premier League.
Trailing 2-1 well into the second half, Antonio Conte made the bold decision to substitute summer signing Alvaro Morata off the pitch and bring on Batshuayi, who had struggled for form in their last match against Crystal Palace.
The challenge was to show he can be a first team regular at the Blues and the youngster responded with the equalising goal, before finishing off an injury time effort to round off the 4-2 result. It was an exceptional contribution at a critical time for Chelsea, who had lost their previous two league games.
Batshuayi has now scored seven goals in 10 appearances for Conte’s side this season, although many of those appearances have been from off the bench, making him one of the more prolific strikers in the country so far this term.
Has he played his way into a starting position next time out?
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all…
You've gotta hand it to Batshuayi. Treated awfully by Conte, his confidence must be shot to pieces but he's come on & changed the game #cfc
— Simon Ansell (@simonansell) October 21, 2017
— Sam Clarke (@ClarkeyCFC) October 21, 2017
Stunning substitute appearance by Batshuayi and awesome pair of goals to think we were writing he was not trusted by Antonio Conte #CFC
— Chelsea News (@chelseanews) October 21, 2017
Shoutout to Batshuayi, absolutely changed the game and a good response after a horrid preformance against Palace #CFC
— Drugba??? (@didiermydrugba) October 21, 2017
One thing I love most about Chelsea is the ability of anyone to score! Batshuayi is no back up to Morata. He's a striker! Period. #CFC
— Big Papi Akho??? (@AkhoElMejor94) October 21, 2017
Massive impact from Michy Batshuayi ? you little rascal ⚽️? #CFC
— Alisha Barker (@AlishaBarker_17) October 21, 2017
U start thinking its time for #CFC to sell Batshuayi, he goes on to pull a crazy perfomance like today's
— Seraphim (@gabearii) October 21, 2017
know you've gotten the sticks from me lately Batshuayi, but today I'm so proud of you son!
Conte was right and I was wrong.
Take a bow! #CFC
— #Thankful (@IfeyChukuneku) October 21, 2017