Since arriving at Chelsea, Michy Batshuayi has become more known for his skills on Twitter than he has on the field.
That’s in part because fellow striker Diego Costa has rendered himself all but undroppable – and also the fact that he’s taking time to settle into a new league and a new club.
Boss Antonio Conte has been mindful of this, and has made it clear that he feels the Belgian’s time will come.
The Chelsea boss claimed: “Yes, I spoke about Michy in the post game [after beating Crystal Palace], and I said that it’s not easy to arrive in this league, to play in this league if you are a young player.
You are arriving in a new country, it’s difficult, especially for a young player to adapt because this league is very tough. This league is very physical, very strong.
Michy is working very well, we must have patience with him, to help him.
The next step is to play more this season. But I repeat, it’s not easy to adapt to this league, to arrive and to play.”
Looking at Conte’s comments, it could well be that even with Diego Costa out for Boxing Day, he opts for another player to replace the Spaniard, especially if he thinks Batshuayi isn’t ready yet.
Of course for a player to fully adapt, they need match time as well.