'What's the point in €40m Batshuayi?' - Chelsea fans fume as Hazard replaces Costa

The Blues striker was expected to line up in place of the suspended Diego Costa on Monday, but Antonio Conte has left him on the bench, much to the anger of some fans

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.

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.