Ex-Chelsea star Babayaro slam Blues striker not good enough

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 17/07/2017

Former Chelsea left-back Celestine Babayaro revealed Belgian striker Mitchy Batshuayi is not good enough for Chelsea right now and still needs time to develop into a player who can start for the Premier League Champion.

Former Nigerian international Celestine Babayaro, who was speaking exclusively to talkSPORT at the Star Sixes event in London.

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Batshuayi is Chelsea’s most senior forward heading into the start of the 2017/18 campaign, with Diego Costa expected to leave west London and Loic Remy nowhere to be found.

The Blues are expected to bring in an elite-level striker to replace Costa in the coming weeks, but with each failed deal the Belgium international gets closer to starting the season as Antonio Conte’s first-choice attacker.

But this does not sit well with Babayaro, who has yet to be convinced by Batshuayi in the few appearances he has made for Chelsea. Batshuayi finished the season with 5 goals in only 236 minutes of Premier League action, equaling a rate of one goal every 47 minutes.

The defender, who played 174 for the Stamford Bridge club, said: “I’ve seen him a few times, and I’m still not convinced. I’m an ex-player so I don’t like criticizing players, but Batshuayi for me, from what I’ve seen, I think he still needs time.”

Babayaro is not only worried about Batshuayi replacing Costa but any striker replacing the Spanish international forward.

The 28-year-old is one of the most feared goalscorers in world football, and replacing him with a player of similar quality will prove a real challenge for Conte and his coaching staff.

Babayaro added: “The worry is will Chelsea lose Costa? We still haven’t heard anything from the club about Costa.

“I rate Costa a lot. If you are going to let a player like Costa leave, who are you going to get [to replace him], and for how much?

“But at the end of the day it depends what Conte wants to do, or what the hierarchy wants to do, and what they want to achieve.

“They’ve got two competitions – the Premier League and Champions League so they need a better and bigger squad.”