Jamie Redknapp sends Chelsea warning to Michy Batshuayi
Michy Batshuayi must now deliver from the start of games for Chelsea, according to Jamie Redknapp
Michy Batshuayi must now start delivering for Chelsea from the start of games and not just as a substitute, according to Jamie Redknapp.
The Belgian striker produced a brilliant cameo display for the Blues as he came off the bench to score twice and help inspire Chelsea to a comeback victory over Watford on Saturday afternoon.
Batshuayi has struggled to hold down a regular place in the first team at Chelsea since his move from Marseille last summer.
Indeed, the 24-year-old has only made two starts in the Premier League for the west London side so far this season.
The striker will be desperate to prove himself for Chelsea in the coming weeks and months as he bids to hold down a regular spot in the first team at Stamford Bridge.
Former midfielder Redknapp is a big fan of Batshuayi but believes that he now has to step his game up from the start.
Speaking on Sky Sports on Saturday, Redknapp said: “I think you’ve got to credit him.
“Batshuayi came on, point to prove, strength there, too strong for him, holds the defender off and a lovely little finish. That will give him a lot of confidence.
“What he’s got to start doing is not just doing it from the bench.
“But as a manager, when you make these substitutions you are looking for a reaction and for something to happen and he gave his manager that.”
Chelsea will look to make it back to back wins in the Premier League when they take on Bournemouth away from home next weekend.
The Blues are currently nine points behind leaders Manchester City in the top flight table.