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There was no place in Maurizio Sarri’s side for the likeable striker this season, despite racking up some impressive stats for his country recently

It’s another season of waiting in the wings for Michy Batshuayi.

The likeable striker was sent packing to Valencia over the summer to get a bit more first team football, as once again it seems Chelsea can’t guarantee him a regular spot in their ranks.

Rather frustratingly, his time with the Blues have seen him go on loan twice already; he spent the second-half of last season with Dortmund, while he was used sparingly from the bench during Antonio Conte’s title-winning campaign the year before.

[annoyed grunt]

This season looks even worse though, as he’s seemingly way down in the pecking order at Valencia too.

In fact, three games into their La Liga campaign and Batshuayi has only enjoyed a handful of minutes from the bench in each match, playing 14 minutes against Atletico Madrid, 16 minutes at Espanyol and a whole 22 minutes in the draw to Levante.

With the likes of Spain striker Rodrigo, Santiago Mina and summer signing Kevin Gameiro all ahead of him in the pecking order, this could be another long and unproductive season for the Batman enthusiast.

There’s been a lot of sitting on benches so far

There’s been a lot of sitting on benches so far

It’s all quite perplexing when you think about it, as he’s still very much a big part of Belgium’s formidable team.

He went to the World Cup with them and scored in their clash with Tunisia – and he probably would’ve added to his tally if he wasn’t so unlucky in front of goal.

Be that as it may, his record for Belgium is still quite stunning. He netted twice in their recent 4-0 win over Scotland – making light-work of Alex McLeish’s defence – racking his tally to 10 goals in 20 caps.

A goal every other game? Nice.

If you delve a little deeper, the former Marseille forward has played just 692 minutes for Belgium, meaning he’s netted a goal every 69 minutes.

So why on earth don’t Chelsea give him more of a go?

After all, their only strikers this season consist of the struggling Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.


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