Michy Batshuayi is off to a great start in his Chelsea career.
On the pitch, he's already scored three goals and collected an assist in less than two hours of competitive football, and while two of those goals came against third tier opposition, his substitute appearances in the Premier League against West Ham and Watford have both been impactful. Meanwhile, off the pitch, he's already a fan favorite thanks to his tweets — though the cynic in me thinks it's only a matter of time before the usual Twitter trolls will hound him into a more subdued social media presence.
With Chelsea winning and Batshuayi scoring whenever on the pitch, it's been a perfect start for the 22-year-old. But he knows that the hard work is only beginning.
"[Belgium teammates Hazard and Dembélé] told me it was a very physical league, and it was one that was very competitive, where you could win and lose. I need to work at that, adapting my style of football to the style here. In the teams I've been at, I've been really well received."
"Here I've had a good reception but I think there's a lot of listening involved, you really do have to listen. There's a lot of big players and that's the difference from when I was in Marseille, and I have to try and learn from them. I'm going to continue to work, to continue to play to the best of my ability, whether I'm on the pitch for one, two or five minutes, I'm going to give it my all, my maximum to contribute significantly."
"As you know, the more us strikers score, the more confidence we get. I feel more confident now."
-Michy Batshuayi; source: Sky
While it's unclear who will be the third striker going forward, assuming that Rémy leaves (Loftus-Cheek? Solanke?), with both Costa and Batshuayi scoring regularly so far, things are looking up in the attacking department. May that continue throughout the season.