Frank Lampard has spoken highly of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi ahead of the weekend’s Premier League fixture at home to West Ham.
The Blues go into the clash against their London rivals without first-choice forward Tammy Abraham, who has been ruled out of the contest due to the injury he picked up against Valencia in the midweek Champions League game.
It means that the door has been opened for Batshuayi to possibly come into the XI, but Lampard has kept his cards close to his best.
The Chelsea manager did have some positive comments about the Belgium international though ahead of the next match and recognises his talent.
Lampard has explained that it’s not been easy for him mainly watching on from the bench, but he’s been impressive with his attitude in training.
“A work ethic, a quality. It is not easy when you are not playing as many minutes as you want. I have seen a great work ethic and his quality. It is great to see,” Lampard said about Batshuayi, as quoted by Football.London.
Batshuayi has not started a match since the Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester United on 30 October and has not started a league fixture all season.
The 26-year-old appears to be primed for his chance against West Ham, but teammate Olivier Giroud will hope he can pip him into the empty position.
Batshuayi has managed five goals in 13 games across all competitions this campaign and has proven to be a useful squad player, but there has been no replacing in-form Abraham.
It could be a serious opportunity for him to stake his claim against a struggling West Ham side and he does have natural finishing instincts around the penalty area.