Nemanja Matic and Michy Batshuayi AFP

Nemanja Matic has backed Michy Batshuayi to shine for Chelsea

The table topping Blues face Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on December 26.

Diego Costa has been their hero in recent weeks as Antonio Conte’s men have stormed six points clear at the top of the Premier League.

But he’s suspended against the Cherries, handing £33m summer signing Batshuayi the chance to impress.

Chelsea star Michy BatshuayiCHELSEA FC

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

“I hope Michy will be the man to decide the game”

Nemanja Matic is desperate for Batshuayi to impress for Chelsea

And Matic is hoping the Belgian can do the business and bring some late Christmas cheer for the Chelsea faithful.

“We won’t have Diego against Bournemouth but I hope Michy will be the man to decide the game,” he said.

“If he does that it will be good for us. He is a great striker, for sure, that is why Chelsea bought him.

Michy Batshuayi and Diego CostaCHELSEA FC

Michy Batshuayi has been backed to replace Diego Costa for Chelsea

“I’m sure if he gets a chance to score in the next game, he’ll take it.”

On Costa and midfield enforcer N’Golo Kante both being suspended, Matic added: “We have to cope with that, you have situations like this during the season, but other teams also have their problems.

“Of course, they are both important players for us but the next game we play is at home and we have to do our best to get three points.

“Everyone is important in football because you never know who is going to play the next game.

“I’m happy because in training you can see every player is physically ready.”

Source: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/571946/Michy-Batshuayi-Chelsea-Nemanja-Matic