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Michy Batshuayi set to ‘stay and fight’ for Chelsea first-team spot — report

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According to a report from the London Evening Standard, third-choice striker Michy Batshuayi will not push for his exit from Chelsea in the last two weeks of the (rest of Europe’s) summer transfer window, as he is looking to "stay and fight" for chances under manager Frank Lampard.

Batshuayi had a fairly successful half-season loan spell at Crystal Palace last year, scoring five goals in eleven appearances and forming a solid partnership with Wilfried Zaha. Before that, in the first half of last season, he had a loan stint with Valencia that went completely bust.

Upon his return to Stamford Bridge this summer, Michy has found himself behind Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud in the pecking order. Since preseason, he has only seen competitive football with the Chelsea U23 squad, for whom he scored twice in the 3-0 victory over Liverpool on Monday.

While Michy is looking for regular playing time in order to stay in the Belgium national team, he is apparently not too keen on searching for that outside of Chelsea. At least not yet. He would be open to ‘reassessing’ the situation once the January transfer window is open.

Until then, he will fight for the one centre-forward spot in Frank Lampard’s starting lineups. Competition for the position should stay wide open until one of our options starts scoring regularly, and Michy could still take advantage if he delivers the goods.