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Michy Batshuayi's journey from 'Belgian Balotelli' to budding Chelsea superstar cult hero

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It hasn't taken Michy Batshuayi very long at all to endear himself to Chelsea fans.  On the pitch, he's made an instant impact with his substitute appearances in the Premier League and scored two goals in his first start in the non-televised second round of the League Cup.  Off the pitch, he's become a mandatory follow on Twitter for his open engagement and banter.

He seems to have a wonderful attitude and a willingness to buy into the team ethos, to learn from the head coach, and help out wherever he can.  This seems a far cry from the criticisms that were leveled at him earlier in his career, with people like former Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots calling him selfish and others nicknaming him the Belgian Balotteli for his off-pitch antics, bans, and other disciplinary issues like toting around a replica firearm.

That's just one of the interesting revelations in TFT's profile of the 22-year-old "potent powerhouse", which charts his rise from the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek ("a breeding ground for violence", according to its mayor) to the glitz and glamour of West London.  You should read it, even if you're already familiar with his career path and his goal-scoring numbers at Marseille and Standard Liege.

For most fans, Tuesday's League Cup match against Leicester City will be the first time we'll get to see the £33m summer acquisition start in a competitive match.  Hopefully it'll be the first of many.

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