BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has claimed that Michy Batshuayi is not ready to lead the line for Chelsea – but one man who the Blues reportedly missed out on in the summer is.
Batshuayi was hauled off in the 57th minute of Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, despite the Premier League champions needing a goal to get back in the game. It’s damning that Antonio Conte felt his side had a better chance of finding the back of the net without their only available, recognised striker on the field.
Chelsea could have done with a more experienced and accomplished centre-forward on Saturday – they could have done with Fernando Llorente. The Spaniard would tick all of the boxes, having worked under Antonio Conte’s stewardship during his time with Juventus.
As reported by the Metro, Llorente revealed that the Blues were looking to secure his services for some time, but missed out as he put pen-to-paper with arch-rivals Tottenham on transfer deadline day.
Garth Crooks has revealed in his weekly column for BBC Sport that he feels the Blues could have done with signing Llorente in the summer. He added that he does not feel Batshuayi is ready to be leading our line:
“I find it inconceivable that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte finds himself with only one player to replace injured forward Alvaro Morata. Batshuayi is simply not ready to lead the line for a team like Chelsea, while Spurs have a man sitting on their bench – Fernando Llorente – who might. Madness.”