Rio Ferdinand sends message to Chelsea fans about Michy Batshuayi
Rio Ferdinand gives his honest opinion about Michy Batshuayi and Alvaro Morata at Chelsea
Rio Ferdinand has warned Chelsea that Michy Batshuayi does not have the quality to step in for Alvaro Morata should the Spanish striker get injured this season.
Morata has made a sparkling start to life as a Chelsea player since signing for the Blues from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.
The Spanish forward has scored three goals and made two assists in four Premier League games to help Chelsea up to third place in the table.
Batshuayi started in Morata’s place during Chelsea’s 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
The Belgian striker scored twice to help Antonio Conte’s men get their European campaign off to a flying start.
However, former Manchester United defender Ferdinand has not been convinced by what he has seen from Batshuayi so far in a Chelsea shirt.
Speaking on BT Sport on Tuesday night, Ferdinand said of Batshuayi: “He is a way short of the quality of a Morata or a Diego Costa.
“If something were to happen to Morata, I’d be worried for Chelsea.
“Morata has come in and scored three great headers. He looks a fantastic acquisition. He is going to do well this season, considering they lost Costa.”
Chelsea fans will be expecting to see Morata return to the starting line-up at Stamford Bridge when the Blues take on Arsenal in Sunday’s crunch clash in west London.
The Blues have lost their last two encounters against Arsenal, in the FA Cup final and the Community Shield.