Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will switch to a 4-4-2 formation to accommodate both Michy Batshuayi and Diego Costa, according to English football expert Kevin Kilbane.
So far, Chelsea’s new signing has been limited to three substitute appearances in the Blue’s Premier League campaign, but the former Ireland international has predicted he will benefit from a change of formation.
“I’d like to think that at some stage, Conte will go with two up front. They could link up well together, Batshuayi and Costa,” said Kilbane.
“At the moment he [Batshuayi] has come off the bench but has made an impact in games. I’m looking forward to seeing how he can develop.”
Batshuayi, signed from Marseille in July for £34 million, has so far registered one goal and one assist as Conte’s men have claimed nine points from nine. However, he has played just 40 minutes in the league so far.
He looked to be Chelsea’s major signing of the summer, alongside N’Golo Kante, before a transfer deadline day spending spree brought in David Luiz and Marcos Alonso.
The Belgian was signed under the noses of Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, who both met the French club’s asking price.
Batshuayi has also managed an average pass accuracy rate of 80% in the 2016/2017 Premier League season as well as winning 60% of his duels.
Chelsea face Swansea City next weekend as they look to continue their rich vein of form.