Antonio Conte described Michy Batshuayi as a “young player with great potential” after the striker scored twice during Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Newcastle.
The Belgium striker has had limited first-team opportunities under Conte, who has said Batshuayi could leave on loan this month.
Marcos Alonso added a second-half free-kick to Batshuayi’s first-half double as Chelsea eased into the fifth round.
“We are talking about a powerful player because he is strong physically, and for sure he has a lot of space for improvement,” said Chelsea boss Conte.
“I don’t know if it was his best game, but it was very important for the team and for him. For the striker to score is very important for confidence.”