Michy Batshuayi, not for the first time this season, had a decisive impact as the Blues secured a hugely important victory yesterday.
With Chelsea trailing Watford 2-1, and the visitors looking threatening with every attack, Antonio Conte introduced the Belgian striker for Alvaro Morata just before the hour mark, and it was a move which swung the game in our favour.
Batshuayi was a constant threat and, after equalising with a superb glancing header 11 minutes after coming on, he capped a good individual display with his second of the game – our fourth – in added time.
The 24-year-old certainly knows where the goal is. He has now scored seven goals this season in all competitions, despite featuring largely off the bench.
Already this season, Batshuayi has scored the winning goal away at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, as well as his first Chelsea hat-trick in the Carabao Cup victory over Nottingham Forest.
Yesterday’s goals were his first in the Premier League this season, and what a time to get them!
Antonio Conte is happy with the progress of his striker, as he explained in the post-match press conference.
‘I am pleased for Michy because he scored two goals but his impact during the game was amazing,’ said the Italian.
‘His impact was incredible, and he must continue in this way: to work, work, work and to have the patience to understand he has to wait his moment, and then when he has the chance, to show me he is improving.’
‘Don’t forget, Michy is a young player. For him this is the first big experience with a great team. If you compare this season with last, Michy is playing a lot.’
Watford are beginning to dread the sight of the forward, who has now scored four goals in three appearances against the Hornets.
Batshuayi netted an equaliser in our 2-1 win at Vicarage Road last season, and also scored in our 4-3 win over the Hornets once the Premier League title had been secured. In the context of this season, yesterday’s brace ensured a needed three points.