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The three strikers Chelsea are considering as January replacements for Batshuayi

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Chelsea were beaten 2-1 by bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Roy Hodgson's team had incredibly failed to register a single goal or a single point until their shock win over the 2016/17 Premier League champions.

Antonio Conte's side lacked any real attacking threat with Spanish hitman Alvaro Morata sidelined with a hamstring injury.

The 24-year-old joined from Real Madrid in a club-record £58m deal and was in superb form until suffering an injury during the 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester City.

Yet to score in the league this season, Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi was hauled off after just 57 minutes at Selhurst Park after a disappointing display.

Signed for £32m from Marseille in 2016, Batshuayi made just one league start in last season's title-winning campaign - and fans are starting to understand why.

Conte is obviously no great admirer of the 24-year-old and the striker produced an angry reaction after being subbed off at Palace.

According to The Telegraph, the Belgian international would've joined Newcastle United on loan in August if the Blues had beaten Spurs to Fernando Llorente's signature.

Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City - Premier League

Conte was reportedly furious after the 2-1 loss and he told his players that they're going to have work much harder if they hope to have a successful season.

Batshuayi to be replaced in January

According to The Telegraph, Chelsea want to upgrade Morata's understudy and three players are up for consideration.

Despite failing to hit the back of the net this season, Conte is believed to be an admirer of Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke.

Crystal Palace v Southampton - Premier League

The Belgian frontman suffered a knee injury against Manchester City in September but is expected to return in November.

The Telegraph also note that Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been considered by Chelsea in the past, whilst the club are also believed to be scouting Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye - who was signed by Conte during his time at Juventus.

Meanwhile, Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham scored a brace for Swansea in their Premier League win over Huddersfield on Saturday but it's understood that he cannot be recalled.

Swansea City v Huddersfield Town - Premier League

Reaction on Twitter suggested fans at Stamford Bridge have seen enough of Batshuayi.

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