Michy Batshuayi took just eight minutes to send Frank Lampard a message in his first match in charge. Belgium international scored the opening goal of the Lampard era as they take on Bohemians in Dublin. Michy spent last campaign out on loan at Valencia and Crystal Palace but may finally get his chance at Stamford Bridge.
He is battling Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham to get regular game time after Alvaro Morata was sold to Atletico Madrid and Gonzalo Higuain sent back to Juventus. The 25-year-old striker started the match at Bohemians alongside other footballers outcasted in former regimes including Danny Drinkwater and Ethan Ampadu.
Michy fired in the first goal to break the deadlock, beating the offside trap and beating the goalkeeper after Kenedy’s deflected effort. Blues could go into the new campaign with the Belgian striker as their main centre-forward after failing to overturn their transfer ban.
Batshuayi joined the London club from Marseille in 2016 with a €40m deal. He is a regular member of the national team squad and also helped them to finish the 2018 World Cup in a third position. Michy has contracted with the Blues until 2021, and his release clause is around €30m.
Frank has replaced Maurizio in the dugout and Chelsea are hoping he brings through some of the youngsters in the academy. Before tonight’s game, the English manager confirmed his backroom staff. Jody Morris came back as assistant manager while Eddie Newton and Joe Edwards have been promoted from the youth set-up.