Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has urged Michy Batshuayi to leave Chelsea if he continues to be overlooked by Frank Lampard.
Batshuayi was on the scoresheet in Belgium’s 2-0 victory over Kazakhstan in the European qualifiers on Sunday, but his opportunities at club level have been few and far between.
In fact the 26-year-old has three goals for the Blues this term, but he has only made one start this season – in the 7-1 EFL Cup win over Grimsby – and made five sub appearances in the Premier League.
And Martinez, speaking after the win in Nur-Sultan, hinted the forward should find a new club, if his situation doesn’t change soon.
“He doesn’t play enough at Chelsea. I think that’s a shame, even though he scores a lot with the national team,” Martinez told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad via Sport Witness.
“I hope he will play more, because we really need him… But then he has to play. Otherwise a solution must be found.”
Batshuayi is effectively third choice under Lampard with Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud ahead of him in the pecking order, but with places soon up for grabs in the Belgium squad for Euro 2020, Batshuayi may be forced into a decision.
And Blues boss Lampard may well then find himself with two unhappy strikers, with France’s Giroud speaking about his situation over the weekend.
“Accept it? No, I do not accept it,” Giroud told Le Pèlerin (via SportWitness).
“You do not have to be fatalistic in certain situations. I have always been respectful and humble. Even if I do not agree with the coach, I do not criticise him.”