Micky Batshuayi needs to prove he is right for Chelsea over
Chelsea fans will still be thriving off the excellent 2-0 win away to Tottenham last weekend, but that will all be forgotten if the next week goes badly.
The Blues host Southampton on Boxing Day at Stamford Bridge and then travel to Arsenal three days later, before travelling to Brighton another three days after.
Frank Lampard’s side have three Premier League games in the space of six days and could lose their grip on fourth in the table if the struggle for results.
But on the flip side it’s a great opportunity to consolidate a Champions League spot and move into the New Year with great confidence.
It seems inevitable that manager Lampard will have to make rotations to his team during the demanding schedule and use his squad.
One man that will surely get an opportunity at some stage is Michy Batshuayi, who is yet to start a Premier League fixture all season.
The 26-year-old has had to be patient his campaign behind first-choice striker Tammy Abraham, but is first in line to replace him in the side.
Abraham has deservedly been leading the line for Chelsea this season and 13 goals across all competitions so far represents a great return.
But it would be a surprise to see him start three games in six days and it makes sense for Lampard to rotate.
Batshuayi, who earns £90,000-a-week (Spotrac), has five goals in 18 games this campaign, including a crucial winner away to Ajax in the Champions League group stages.
But the Belgium international hasn’t quite shown his all-round quality and has to do more if he wants to stick around.
He’s a clinical finisher around the box, but he needs to try prove over the festive period that he can slot in for Abraham when needed and show Lampard his ability.