9 January 2017
Chelsea’s £33m summer signing, Michy Batshuayi was handed a rare start for Chelsea on Sunday in the third round of the FA Cup, and although the Belgian bagged a goal, his fourth since joining the Blues, he failed to impress one key Chelsea legend.
Ray Wilkins, a former Chelsea captain and assistant manager said Batshuayi’s performance against Peterborough clearly showed he’s not the right man to provide back-up for inform striker, Diego Costa.
Asked if Batshuayi is adequate cover for the league’s top scorer Costa, Wilkins said: “No, in my humble opinion.
“Yesterday when I watched him 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.”
Wilkins also questioned the 23-year-old’s mentality, saying: “When you come into big clubs it’s not only about your footballing ability, it’s how you handle the mental capacity.
“When you’re at a big club and you have to win, sometimes players can’t take the mental side of it on board and they really struggle. I think Batshuayi is a prime example of that.”