Michy Batshuayi plays for Chelsea versus Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup at Stamford BridgeGETTY

Summer signing Michy Batshuayi is yet to start a Premier League game for Chelsea

The 23-year-old hitman linked up with the Blues in a whopping £32m deal this summer.

And he was expected to play a key role as they looked to challenge for the Premier League title once again.

However, Diego Costa’s form has meant he’s been restricted to solely substitute appearances in the top flight this term.

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Chelsea legend Pat Nevin enjoyed a five-year stint at Stamford Bridge in the 1980s

“He certainly needs a chance to play in our first-team at match pace for 90 minutes, to show everyone why we spent the money on him and why we believe in his talent. ”

Chelsea hero Pat Nevin calls on Antonio Conte to hand Michy Batshuayi the chance to shine

The Spain international is unavailable for Bournemouth‘s visit to Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.

And Nevin has suggested the showdown could provide the perfect opportunity for Batshuayi to justify his price tag in Costa’s place.

Writing for Chelsea’s official website, he said: “Who will start up front for Chelsea against this new central partnership will be a topic of feverish discussion this week, with Michy Batshuayi the clear favourite to get the nod.

“He certainly needs a chance to play in our first-team at match pace for 90 minutes, to show everyone why we spent the money on him and why we believe in his talent.

Michy Batshuayi celebrates Chelsea goal versus Watford in the Premier League at Vicarage RoadGETTY

Michy Batshuayi has scored one goal in 10 substitute Premier League appearances for Chelsea

“Having watched him for a season or two before he arrived, I am an unashamed fan of the Belgian but it is so hard to break in ahead of Diego and it is difficult sometimes not to try too hard when you get a fleeting opportunity.”

Chelsea sit top of the table ahead of Bournemouth’s visit to west London.

They can extend the lead over their rivals to nine points providing they beat the Cherries and results elsewhere go their way.

Source: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/571768/Chelsea-Bournemouth-Live-Pat-Nevin-Michy-Batshuayi-Diego-Costa-Stamford-Bridge-CFC-News