Michy Batshuayi got a goal and an assist against Peterborough, but despite that feat, many Chelsea fans were irritated at the young Belgian’s display and many went as far as ridiculing him on social media. But one could ask: Was his performance that terrible?
These are four things I noted from his performance against Peterborough.
He was match rusty
It’s so easy to expect Michy Batshuayi to start the game against lowly Peterborough and score a hatrick — after all, he’s the Batman. But in reality, Batshuayi has been match rusty for months, and it’s not easy to deliver when you’re match rusty. With match rustiness comes a lack of confidence, and that was evidence in the first 15 minutes of the match.
Many people seem to have forgotten that the game against Peterborough was his first start in close to 3 months, and before that game, he had only played 306 minutes for the club.
When Batshuayi signed newly for the club and played against West Ham and Watford, he looked amazing, and we mustn’t forget that in a hurry.
He was eager to impress
Another thing that affected Batshuayi’s game against Peterborough was that he was so eager to impress, and who wouldn’t be too eager to impress when faced with the situation he has been in? He tried to overdo things when there was an easy option, and he didn’t sync well with the team at the beginning of the game.
After all has been said and done, Batshuayi got a goal and an assist, and for a striker that’s exactly what you’re paid to do. The young Belgian scored the second goal of the game, and showed good hold-up play to assist Pedro for the fourth goal.
He got better as the game progressed
It was evident for everyone to see that Batshuayi got better in the second half. He was more confident, held on to the ball less, passed more to his teammates (of which Loftus-Cheek could have found the net from a Batshuayi pass), held up play beautifully and was more aggressive. His all-round play got better after he got his goal just before halftime, and there are so many positives one can take from that.
It will shock you to note that after 395 minutes of football played for Chelsea, the Batman has scored 4 goals for the Blues, recording an average of 98.75 minutes per goal.