Frank Lampard has assured Michy Batshuayi that he has a role to play at Chelsea this season as one of his three forwards.
Since completing a €39m transfer from Ligue 1 giants Marseille in 2016, Batshuayi has gone out on loan three times to Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace.
The 25-year-old has only played one full season, in fact, at Chelsea during the 2016/17 campaign. He didn’t do badly either, with nine goals to his name in 28 appearances to help the club win the Premier League.
Since then, however, Batshuayi has struggled to win regular opportunities at Stamford Bridge. Therefore, he’s spent the past two seasons going out on loan to gain valuable game time.
Although there have been rumours going about claiming that AS Roma were plotting a permanent transfer. Apparently, Batshuayi is done with loan stints and could leave if things don’t change at Chelsea.
Not helping matters for the Belgian striker is that he’s yet to make a competitive appearance under Lampard. The new Chelsea boss even left him benched during Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup defeat to Liverpool.
But it appears fears over Batshuayi are unfounded as Lampard has plans for the striker.
“Michy’s here as one of our three strikers,” said Lampard, according to Football London.
“He’s very much in our plans and competing with Tammy [Abraham] and Olivier [Giroud] for that space.”
Batshuayi has scored 19 goals and provided four assists in 53 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions.
Following their Super Cup loss to Liverpool, the Blues are now preparing for their first home match of the season against Leicester City on Sunday.
And Lampard gave supporters a welcome bit of news by confirming that Antonio Rudiger and Willian could make their first appearances of the season.
‘Rudiger is training,” said the 41-year-old.
“Whether he’s completely match fit is a different thing, for the same reasons as Callum [Hudson-Odoi], a bit of conditioning [needed].
“Willian is probably closer. They are both in contention for the weekend.”
The Leicester and Chelsea match will begin at 17:30 (CET) on Sunday.