Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has not even selected Michy Batshuayi to sit on the bench in his opening two Premier League games, however, the 25-year-old is determined to fight for his place in the side.
Batshuayi finds himself behind Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham in the pecking order at the club, but according to reports he is not seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge yet.
Although the transfer window in England closed on August 8, the transfer deadline day for most European clubs does not close until September 2.
Chelsea do have the option to sell the Belgian striker, although they are very unlikely to do so, given that the current transfer ban imposed on the club means a replacement would not be able to be signed until the summer of 2020.
We need better game management
Batshuayi joined Chelsea from Marseille for £33.2m in 2016 but since then has struggled to hold down a starting position in the team.
In his first season he made 20 Premier League appearances, of which he only started one game, and managed to score five goals.
As he fell out of favour at the club he was loaned out and had spells at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and last season spent the second half of the season at Crystal Palace, where he managed to score five goals in 11 league appearances.
After Chelsea sold Alvaro Morata to Atletico Madrid last season and their decision to not retain the services of Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain this summer, Lampard’s choice of forwards is limited, so another loan spell for Batshuayi is unlikely this season.
However, the striker did manage to score two goals in Chelsea Under-23’s 3-0 win over Liverpool on Monday night and is now set to be recalled to the first-team squad.
Chelsea’s next game is against Premier League new-boys Norwich City on Saturday and Lampard might favour starting Abraham, as the striker was lethal in the Championship last season and he scored 25 goals to help Aston Villa reach the play-offs and secure promotion.
Since taking over Lampard has stated he is keen to work with Chelsea’s academy players, however, it is unknown how long he will keep faith in Abraham, who has yet to score a goal for the club.
Giroud was instrumental in helping the Blues lift the Europa League last season, as the Frenchman scored 11 goals in 14 appearances in the competition, however, his form in the Premier League was less impactful.
The 32-year-old only managed to score twice in the league in 27 appearances last season, albeit 20 of those were coming off the bench.
Lampard has yet to win his first game as Chelsea’s manager with a 4-0 loss to Manchester United, followed by a 5-4 penalty shootout loss to Liverpool in the Uefa Super Cup.
Off the back of the loss in Istanbul, Chelsea were then held to a 1-1 draw with Leicester at Stamford Bridge, and Lampard believes his players need to adapt better when things aren’t going there way in a match.
“We need better game management,” he said.
“When the game turns slightly against us then we need to be good enough to wrestle that back and move the ball better so that’s something for us to keep working on.”
Source: Read Full Article