Ex-Chelsea coach questions Michy Batshuayi’s future at the club
Ray Wilkins is not sure whether Michy Batshuayi has what it takes to succeed at Chelsea...
Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins has questioned whether Michy Batshuayi is the right man for the Blues following his arrival at Stamford Bridge in the summer.
The Belgian striker has found his first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge few and far between this season after arriving at the club from Marseille as one of Antonio Conte’s first signings last summer.
Indeed, the 23-year-old is yet to make a Premier League start for Chelsea this season as he struggles to compete with first-choice forward Diego Costa for a place in the team.
His lack of first-team action has prompted suggestions that he may not be ready for the rigours of English football.
And former Chelsea assistant coach Wilkins admits that he is yet to be convinced by Batshuayi at the west London club.
Asked whether the striker is adequate cover for Diego Costa, Wilkins told Sky Sports News HQ on Monday morning: “No, in my humble opinion.
“Yesterday when I watched him [against Peterborough] he was like a guy starved of playing for the first team, and he was out to impress so badly. He really wanted to do well – he ran everywhere, his ball control was pretty poor when it was played up to him.
“I don’t think when you’ve got Costa in the type of form he’s in, that Batshuayi would be the answer to come in.
“When they played Pedro, Willian and Eden Hazard up front [when Costa was suspended] I was questioning why Conte didn’t play Batshuayi as a natural striker, and now i can see why he didn’t – because he doesn’t have the control of the ball that the other players have.”
Chelsea travel to Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.