Michy Batshuayi’s Chelsea career has not exactly gone to plan – and his spell in London arguably hit a new low point against Tottenham on Sunday.
The Belgian striker – a £33m signing from Marseille last summer – only made one Premier League start last season (with 19 more appearances coming from the bench) and while he began the defeat to Burnley last weekend, he was restored to his usual position against Spurs.
With Chelsea leading 1-0 thanks to Marcos Alonso’s fine first-half free kick, Batshuayi was brought on for Alvaro Morata with the intention of impressing Antonio Conte, but instead gave the manager an excuse to leave him on the bench next time.
With eight minutes remaining, Christian Eriksen whipped a free kick into the Chelsea box, and there was Batshuayi showing fine predatorial instincts to head the ball into the net – except it was past Thibaut Courtois and into his own goal.
Luckily for the forward, Alonso was able to repeat the trick just minutes later, firing the ball past Hugo Lloris (who arguably should have done better with the shot) to restore Chelsea’s lead going into the final stages of the game.
With Diego Costa and Loic Remy likely to be sold in the coming days Batshuayi remains Morata’s understudy, and while it was a deeply unfortunate thing to happen to the 23-year-old, convincing Conte that he deserves more game time might now become that bit more difficult.