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Michy Batshuayi, still king of the Twitter banter

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I realize this is many hours and almost a couple days old by now, which in the Internet age is practically a lifetime, but it’s probably good enough to enter the Batshuayi Bantshuayi Batshistory ... books ... so it should be recorded for posterity since there’s a decent chance that his tweets will be the only lasting impact Batshuayi makes on Chelsea Football Club when all is said and done. (Yes, I do hope that turns out to be a ridiculously negative and premature assessment.)

In any case, following Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Burnley on Sunday, Michy Batshuayi, who played the final few minutes, tweeted out a nice positive message before signing off for the night.

Another good example of Michy’s personality and positivity even as the season hasn’t quite turned out as he no doubt anticipated when he moved to Chelsea for £33m in the summer.

But of course Twitter’s full of trolls (and other much nastier things), and one West Ham fan thought he’d amuse himself with a bit of banter, tweeting a reply to Michy that read (it’s since been deleted) ”Zaza has played more minutes in the league this season than you have, let that sink in,” referring to the Juventus player formerly on loan at West Ham and now on loan at Valencia but mostly famous for this really bad penalty kick at the Euros and this really bad shot for the Hammers.

In the first half of the season, Zaza collected 571 minutes across 11 appearances in league and cup while Michy has 497 minutes across three competitions (though only 93 minutes from 16 appearances in the league). Still, Michy can claim something that Zaza cannot, and the Chelsea man fired back thusly.

Don’t mess with Bantshuayi!

Best of all, Batshuayi is set to start this weekend against Wolves in the FA Cup 5th round, and will be looking for his sixth goal of the season — he has two each in the FA Cup and the League Cup and one in the Premier League despite those aforementioned limited minutes.

P.S.: In related Batshuayi “news”, he’s still being confused with Chalobah quite regularly.