Antonio Conte will offer Michy Batshuayi a chance to shine in the future but admitted he wasn’t ready to throw him in from the start against Bournemouth.
The Chelsea striker was hopeful of getting an opportunity to impress in the absence of the suspended Diego Costa but his manager opted instead to play Eden Hazard through the middle.
Conte implied the Belgium international, who came off the bench in added time for a matter of seconds, was yet to adapt to life in the Premier League and that Chelsea will be stronger for the moment without him in the side.
And the Italian boss explained exactly why he didn’t start Batshuayi against Eddie Howe’s men.
‘This is the first time we played without a real forward, we tried this in training and I think for us at the moment this situation is the best, but I don’t forget Michy because he is a young player with great talent,’ he said after the 3-0 win.
‘He is adapting to this league and it is football, in the future I trust in him.’
A double from Pedro and an Eden Hazard penalty were enough to secure the win for Chelsea, which was their 12th consecutive Premier League win – a club record.
Michy Batshuayi issues response to surprise Antonio Conte decision
MICHY BATSHUAYI says he will keep his ‘chin up’ after Chelsea boss Antonio Conte didn’t start the Belgian against Bournemouth.
Batshuayi was expected to start for the Blues at Stamford Bridge with main striker Diego Costa suspended.
However Conte decided to start with a front three of Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian.
And Batshuayi has responded, thanking Chelsea fans for their support and signalling his determination to continuing battling for his place.
He tweeted: “Thank you all for your continuous support and messages #chinUp #keepStrong #topoftheleague.”
— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) December 26, 2016