New Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi says he needs to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League to be successful.
The 22-year-old Belgian international has had a good start to his Chelsea career, finding the back of the net on three occasions, but admits he needs to adapt to the physicality of the game in England. Batshuayi said he spoke with Belgian teammates Eden Hazard and Moussa Dembele, and that they warned him about the toughness of the league.
“They told me it was a very physical league, and it was one that was very competitive, where you could win and lose,” Batshuayi told Sky Sports.
“I need to work at that, adapting my style of football to the style here. In the teams I’ve been at, I’ve been really well received.
“Here I’ve had a good reception but I think there’s a lot of listening involved, you really do have to listen.
“There’s a lot of big players and that’s the difference from when I was in Marseille, and I have to try and learn from them.”
Batshuayi has come off the bench in the opening two league games, along with starting against Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup. But the Belgian doesn’t mind playing the role of “super-sub” as long as he can keep the goals coming.
“I’m going to continue to work, to continue to play to the best of my ability, whether I’m on the pitch for one, two or five minutes, I’m going to give it my all, my maximum to contribute significantly,” Batshuayi said.
“As you know, the more us strikers score, the more confidence we get. I feel more confident now.”