Courtois: Batshuayi is making it hard for Conte to leave him out

By Isoccer Staff

Michy Batshuayi’s impressive start at Chelsea means Antonio Conte will have trouble leaving the striker on the bench, according to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Summer signing Batshuayi, who joined from Marseille for £33.1m, has played a key role in ensuring the club have a 100 per cent Premier League record this season.

The Belgium international came off the bench to help set up Diego Costa’s winning strike against West Ham, and also started Chelsea’s 2-1 comeback win against Watford by scoring the equaliser – his first goal for the club.

Courtois told Standard Sport: “It’s very good for him, I’m happy for him. Obviously he has to have a bit of patience with a top striker like Diego in front of him.

“But if he comes on and keeps making the difference like this, he makes it hard for the coach [to leave him out].

“Each time he came on he’s been sharp, he was there in the right place and was a real danger.

“He scored against Watford but hit the crossbar as well – it’s a sign that he’s ready and he wants to score, that he can be in the first XI as well.”

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