Michy Batshuayi was mercilessly trolled on social media after he put through his own net in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur last month.
Among those to poke fun at the Belgian was Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy, who wrote on Twitter: "My bro @mbatshuayi #bulletheader. But it means nothing #thatwin."
Fortunately for Batshuayi, Marcos Alonso spared his blushes by scoring an 88th-minute winner.
Yet his error appeared to hurt the striker. He wrote in response to Mendy: “I wanted to die, bro. Fortunately we won."
And when a fan pointed out that a Spurs player could have headed the ball had Batshuayi not gotten their first, he replied: “Yeah but still I had plenty of other places to make it go 🙄”.
A few weeks on from his own goal and it’s clear that the 23-year-old is now able to see the funny side.
Batshuayi responds to Chelsea's GOTM competition
This week Chelsea posted a message on Instagram asking fans to vote for their Goal of the Month for August.
The options included Alvaro Morata and David Luiz’s goals in the defeat to Burnley, Alonso’s free-kick against Tottenham, Cesc Fabregas’s effort against Everton and a couple of youth team goals.
Chelsea didn’t consider Batshuayi’s perfect header past Thibaut Courtois to be worthy of a nomination, much to the forward’s confusion.
He wrote in response to the Instagram post: “Where’s my header against Tottenham ?? 🤔😂😂😂”.
It’s good to see Batshuayi is no longer beating himself up about it.
The former Marseille striker is currently losing his battle with summer signing Morata to be Antonio Conte’s first-choice striker.
While Batshuayi hasn’t scored a competitive goal for the Blues since January, Morata has made a fast start to his Chelsea career, scoring twice and providing a couple of assists in three Premier League matches.
And with Diego Costa expected to make a rather awkward return to the squad, Batshuayi could see opportunities even harder to come by.
As well as Morata, Chelsea were able to complete deals for Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater in the summer, equipping Conte with a squad that is capable of retaining the Premier League trophy.
Chelsea are currently sixth in the table through three matches, bouncing back from their loss to Burnley with wins over Tottenham and Everton.
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