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Batshuayi Sends a Message to Conte

    23 February, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Batshuayi Sends a Message to Conte


It must be a touch frustrating for Antonio Conte to see what Michy Batshuayi has been doing in a Borussia Dortmund shirt.

The Belgian – who was loaned to the Bundesliga club after they sold Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal – has scored five goals in his first three games.

It’s still very early days, but a genuine ‘I told you so’ situation could be forthcoming.

Conte has always seemed reluctant to entrust Batshuayi as his starting striker, whether in the absence of Alvaro Morata this season or Diego Costa last term.

The Italian’s tendency to instead deploy Eden Hazard as a false nine speaks volume of his faith – or lack thereof – in the 24-year-old, who was afforded just three starts for Chelsea this season.