Antonio Conte’s Chelsea welcomed Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge on Boxing day, going 12 points clear at the top of the table after a 3-0 win.
But with Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante suspended and not available, Conte had a tough choice to make in order to maintain the side’s winning streak of 12 straight wins.
The obvious choice would have been to bring in summer signing and central striker Michy Batshuayi in for the missing Costa up top, but to the amazement of the Blues faithful, the Italian coach went with winger Pedro to come into the side.
If you think Batshuayi was fuming over that decision, just take a look at how the Chelsea fans took the news:
9:00 am Conte ”Batshuayi chance will come”
3:00 pm Batshuayi named on the bench despite Diego’s suspension
— Genie Trump (@GenieDons) December 26, 2016
How is Batshuayi ever going to be ready when he doesn’t get minutes. He should leave our tinpot club
— (@victoresque) December 26, 2016
Batshuayi start from the bench today again… Sigh
— Enigma_Walexy (@Enigma_walexy) December 26, 2016
If I was Batshuayi, I’d look for a loan. Today was the perfect chance for him to shine in Costa’s absence &man isn’t even playing, wow! #CFC
— ^Super Frank^ (@Up_The_Chels) December 26, 2016
I’m not comfortable with the way Antonio Conte is treating Michy Batshuayi,i expect the guy to get a nod in the absent of Diego Costa.
— ADEBAYO NURUDEEN (@iamNulad) December 26, 2016
Batshuayi clearly not a conte signing. Man didn’t even start preseason matches
— Shady Chelsea ¥oung° (@kobishady) December 26, 2016
The fact that Batshuayi isn’t starting in Costa’s absence suggests he does not have a long term career ahead of him at Chelsea.
— John (@wrexhamcelery) December 26, 2016