Seemingly set for another season of warming the Chelsea bench, Michy Batshuayi proved he still has value at the club with a dramatic late winner against Ajax on the greatest night in Frank Lampard's short reign in charge.
A mature, professional performance from the visitors looked like earning the Blues a deserved point against the competition's semi-finalists of last season.
It looked even more like being the case when the Belgian striker blazed an effort high over the bar with the goal gaping shortly after coming on.
However, undeterred, Batshuayi came back again, only this time managing to direct a thunderous close-range effort into the back of the net via the crossbar in the dying embers, in turn sending the travelling faithful into raptures.
The key talking points from Chelsea's last-gasp win over the Dutch champions were deservedly emerging with three points, their young stars performing superbly, and leapfrogging their opponents in the table. However, Opta have revealed that Batshuayi will have his say in matters after a remarkable statistic was revealed from his goalscoring cameo.
In coming off of the bench to bag himself a goal, the 26-year-old
9 - Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Michy Batshuayi has scored nine goals as a substitute for Chelsea - four more than any other Blues player. Impact. pic.twitter.com/OpqEEEd9G0— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 23, 2019
The challenge of usurping Abraham as the club's number one forward will not be finished after his