Antonio Conte has opted to leave his only available striker on the bench for Chelsea's Boxing Day clash with Bournemouth in the Premier League, with Michy Batshuayi being overlooked in the absence of the suspended Diego Costa.
The Belgium international joined Chelsea for £33 million from Marseille in the summer, but he has yet to start a match in the league as the Blues become reliant on goals from Costa.
Batshuayi was expected to start against Bournemouth, but Conte has opted to use Eden Hazard up front instead of his young striker as Chelsea look to extend their current winning streak to 12 wins in 12 in the league, which would be a club record.
Batshuayi has managed only three goals since his move to west London and has only started in his side's league cup games so far, but he is thought not to be up for sale.
And many fans have been left irritated by the absence of the 23-year-old, wondering why Conte will not trust him to lead the attack without Costa.
It's probably best for Batshuayi to push for a move elsewhere whether it be a loan or permanent. He clearly wasn't a 'Conte signing'— . (@Thibauted) December 26, 2016
@nizaarkinsella— Neddy (@5NEDDY) December 26, 2016
who will work the magic for Hazard to score? Michy should have started this one. All that matters is the three points, tho
@NizaarKinsella whats the point of having a 40mil striker at the club when he can't even get a game over 3 wingers...Chelsea LOGIC!— Rafa (@Official_Rafa10) December 26, 2016
@NizaarKinsella What's the point of signing a £33m striker if he wasn't gonna start against Bournemouth? Very bad for his confidence.— Christopher Alex (@Kristova_Alex) December 26, 2016
@NizaarKinsella who ever bought michy needs the sack clearly conte didnt and doesn't want him— Mat (@mat_ellis) December 26, 2016
@NizaarKinsella can't understand why!!!— shai (@shyguy007) December 26, 2016
Conte will not be too concerned, though, as his side took a lead in the first half through Pedro, meaning the Italian coach has a great deal of firepower to rely on without Batshuayi and Costa.