Michy Batshuayi & Chelsea
Antonio Conte only handed Michy Batshuayi 57 minutes on Saturday away at Crystal Palace.
Then, after failing to impress, the Belgian was subbed out the game for Pedro.
That didn’t help Chelsea either, as Crystal Palace won their first match of the season.
Wilfried Zaha was the hero for Palace on his return to the first team. He scored the winner just before the break.
Earlier, a Cesar Azpilicueta own goal gave Palace the lead before Toemoue Bakayoko scored his first Premier League goal.
‘Off in January’
According to Tuesday’s Telegraph, Chelsea are preparing to sell Michy Batshuayi in two and half months. Readers are told:
Antonio Conte has delivered two damning post-Crystal Palace assessments of his Chelsea players and is already looking to replace Michy Batshuayi in January as he attempts to cope with injuries and the club’s busy fixture schedule.
Chelsea are putting together a list of potential striker targets for January.
— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) October 16, 2017
Bad news for Crystal Palace
So who could Chelsea sign instead?
Somewhat surprisingly, the Telegraph link Chelsea with a possible move for Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke:
Conte is an admirer of Christian Benteke, who is yet to score for Crystal Palace this season and is currently injured, while Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has been considered by Chelsea in the past.
Chelsea scouts are reportedly due to watch Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye against Arsenal this week, although Chelsea may feel they need a striker with Premier League experience to come in during the New Year.
On Benteke, after the Chelsea game last weekend, Roy Hodgson confirmed the Eagles striker is still “three to four weeks” away from returning to action.