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Pat Nevin is expecting to see Michy Batshuayi develop into a top player at Chelsea...

Pat Nevin is backing Michy Batshuayi to prove himself as a class act for Chelsea.

The Belgian striker has found his first team opportunities few and far between this season after arriving at the club from Marseille in the summer transfer window.

Indeed, the forward has not yet started a game for the west London club this season under new manager Antonio Conte.

However, many are expecting Batshuayi to get the nod to start for Chelsea on Boxing Day against Bournemouth in the absence of the suspended Diego Costa.

And Chelsea legend Nevin has revealed that he is a keen admirer of the Belgian striker as the hectic festive period in the Premier League looms large.

Writing in his column for Chelsea’s website, Nevin said: “Who will start up front for Chelsea against this new central partnership will be a topic of feverish discussion this week, with Michy Batshuayi the clear favourite to get the nod.

“He certainly needs a chance to play in our first team at match pace for 90 minutes, to show everyone why we spent the money on him and why we believe in his talent.

“Having watched him for a season or two before he arrived, I am an unashamed fan of the Belgian but it is so hard to break in ahead of Diego and it is difficult sometimes not to try too hard when you get a fleeting opportunity.

“Batshuayi can and will be a class act in the end, but the temptation is always to compare him with Diego and that is tough.

“Try comparing any striker with Diego Costa right now and few are going to shine particularly brightly.”

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Chelsea are currently flying high at the top of the Premier League table and six points clear of second-placed Liverpool.

The Blues have been in fine form in recent weeks and have won their last 11 games in a row in the Premier League.

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