After a season that didn’t go exactly to plan in terms of personal achievement and playing time following a big-money move in the summer of 2016, Michy Batshuayi has had an excellent pre-season so far, with four goals (five, if you include the goal incorrectly ruled out against Arsenal), and lots of renewed promise.
However, Michy will also have renewed competition for the starting spot with Álvaro Morata replacing Diego Costa as the presumed first-choice striker. Morata trained with the team for the first time on Sunday and is set to receive his first minutes in a Chelsea shirt on Tuesday against Bayern Munich, as confirmed by Antonio Conte in the pre-match press conference. Presumably this means that Batshuayi will get the start.
Conte says his plan is to give Alvaro Morata some action in tomorrow's game, although not from the start. #CFCTour— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 24, 2017
As highlighted by Cesc Fàbregas earlier, neither Morata nor Michy can yet presume to be a proven replacement for Diego Costa and they both will have to first prove their worth on the battleground of the football pitch. But, hopefully their competition (and/or a competition with a future signing as well) will propel them to even greater heights.