Michy Batshuayi took his chance on Saturday against Hull City in the FA Cup. Despite not putting in a masterclass of a performance, the Belgian opened the scoring in the sixth minute and did the job that Lampard wanted him to do relatively well throughout.
It was the 26-year-old’s sixth goal of the campaign in his 22nd appearance. He has not made the impact he will have wanted since moving from Marseille in 2016 for £33 million (BBC). Batshuayi, who is currently earning £90,ooo-a-week at Chelsea (Spotrac), has been heavily linked with a move elsewhere this month, with Lampard seemingly keen on improving his attacking options.
According to Calcio Mercato, Italian side AS Roma have considered a move for the forward, but his exit is yet to materialise. The Blues are also yet to sign a new striker themselves and it is looking increasingly likely that Batshuayi will continue as the back-up striker at Stamford Bridge.
After the 2-1 victory on Saturday night, Lampard was keen to single out the Belgian for praise. As reported by the club website, he said: ”Today I can say I’m happy with Michy. It’s not just his goal – which was slightly fortunate and I like that – I just want him to keep delivering in training and when the opportunities come take them. Everyone judges strikers on goals and Michy has that in him. I want to see it more.”
It is clear to see that the Chelsea manager wants Batshuayi to succeed at the club. Lampard does not talk about him like he is on the verge of an exit and the Belgium international could yet be the dangerous back-up striker Chelsea need.
He has a natural eye for goal and could become an extremely effective option if he gets a run in the side. It is difficult to be effective when not given regular opportunities, and that could be part of the problem for Michy.