Joe Cole claims Michy Batshuayi has great chance of starting for Chelsea
Joe Cole has raved about Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi after he delivered a match-winning performance on Wednesday night away to Ajax.
The Belgian centre-forward came off the bench in Amsterdam to score in the 1-0 away victory in the Champions League group stages.
He fired in a powerful left-footed shot off the crossbar after an assist from fellow substitute Christian Pulisic.
Batshuayi has had to play second fiddle to Tammy Abraham in attack this season, but once again came off the bench to make a huge impact and is in great goalscoring form.
The 26-year-old now has four goals in just seven appearances this campaign for the senior team and is proving to be valuable in the squad.
Cole feels that the striker may have now twisted the arm of manager Lampard into playing and feels he could start in the near future.
“He (Batshuayi) plays himself into the manager’s thinking. Every time he comes on he scores,” Cole told BT Sport 3.
“I know he trains well. I know he’s a good lad and has got a great record of scoring goals. He’s got every chance of starting now. All good teams need players pushing in every position and that’s what Chelsea have got right now.”
Batshuayi’s Chelsea career so far has been full of highs and lows, with the Ajax fixture certainly one game that will come close to the top.
He cost the Blues £33million (BBC) back in 2016 and he did score the goal that clinched the 2016/17 Premier League title against West Brom.
But he’s also been loaned out to Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace too after struggling to nail down a regular spot.
Batshuayi seems to have found a new life under Lampard and is making his mark with every chance.