Top footballers are always looking to get on the pitch, and it just so happens that Chelsea have three centre-forwards who are quite capable of leading our attacking efforts. However manager Frank Lampard’s tactics have only allowed one slot for the position, and that space is currently filled by youngster Tammy Abraham.
That leaves veterans Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud not too happy with their current situations. Both have spoken about their frustration in not getting as much time on the pitch as they could, with the former voicing his concerns in a recent interview with Belgian media.
“I am frustrated. Like any football player who has little time to play, he or she has the same frustration. You want to play football, but the decision is made by someone else.”
Michy’s frustration does not mean he has given up the fight. Evidence might prove otherwise, too, since Frank is constantly giving him minutes on the pitch as a sub in Premier League games, and as a starter in our two League Cup matches this season.
“The number of minutes, the playing time, is determined by the boss. I just give the maximum and try to show the boss that I am ready by also being efficient in training.”
Batshuayi also knows that competition for the No.9 slot is quite tough, as Abraham will not let go of the starting spot without a fight. Nor will Giroud give up on the duel, since he is also hungry for minutes.
Good thing is that the trio has a pretty good understanding between each other, with the competition only going as far as proving themselves in front of Frank with their effort in training, and their play on the pitch.
“Tammy is young and has qualities. We have a good bond. He is a very good competitor. We are constantly advising each other.
“I also agree well with Olivier Giroud. It is not always easy, but I can only keep working.
“Eventually you are rewarded for it. Crying does not pay off.”
-Michy Batshuayi; source: Het Laatste Nieuws via Sport Witness
That’s the spirit!